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Expat support for Scottish business

A host of international business leaders are gathering today (November 2nd) in Glasgow for an event aiming to boost Scottish business.

Delegates have been drawn from Scotland’s expatriate network and those with an affinity to the country.

The 2009 GlobalScot International Conference offers 200 home-grown businesses the chance to meet with companies and individuals that could help them expand in Scotland and overseas.

Held in Glasgow’s Hilton hotel, organisers say the event will examine "Scotland’s global opportunity – great minds and innovation".

Conference chairman and deputy director for external relations of the International Monetary Fund Gerry Rice told the BBC: "It’s a tough world out there and in order to survive and prosper, Scotland is going to have to become even more competitive."

Scottish companies will have the opportunity to meet and make pitches to GlobalScots members through one-to-one briefings and a series of workshops.

The day will end with a black tie gala dinner at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – complete with Scottish themed food and entertainment.

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