Scotland business

Glasgow 2014: City to host major business conference

Glasgow is to host a major business conference on the eve of next year's Commonwealth Games.

More than 200 senior executives are expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games Business Conference on 22-23 July.

Business and political leaders from across the Commonwealth will address the event.

Organisers said it would showcase the UK and Scotland as "a great place to invest and do business".

The conference is being jointly organised by the Scottish government and UK Trade & Investment on behalf of the UK government.

'Unique event'

Details of the venue have yet to be announced.

Speaking from the Commonwealth Business Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said the Games presented "a huge economic opportunity".

She added: "Scottish exports to Commonwealth countries outwith the UK are worth around £1.8bn.

"With a third of the world's population living in the Commonwealth, we will use the Games as a catalyst to strengthen economic links and showcase our key sectors and industries where Scotland excels."

UK Trade & Investment chief executive Nick Baird said the conference would look to build on the London 2012 Olympic legacy.

"It will also encourage UK companies, individuals and entrepreneurs to showcase their expertise using this unique event as a platform," he said.

"As we move further towards the Commonwealth Games, UK Trade & Investment will be working hard to ensure the best possible outcome and identify as many potential opportunities for UK businesses to export, grow and meet potential overseas partners."