AYRSHIRE businesses are perfectly placed to import and export their goods and services, and should be encouraged to make further expansion into foreign markets.
That was the message from Clydesdale Bank’s managing partner, Willie Mackie, when he addressed businesses at the Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), Alloway Street in Ayr recently.
Mark Henderson, international trade partner and Neil Wilson, treasury solutions partner at Clydesdale Bank, hosted a question and answer session with a selection of Ayrshire businesses and representatives from Scottish Development International, during which they outlined how the region’s businesses can make the most from doing business internationally.
During the session the group discussed the associated risks with international trade, the importance of implementing a risk management strategy and the best ways to target new foreign markets.
Due to Ayrshire’s excellent international transport links with access to Prestwick Airport and the docks throughout the region, Clydesdale Bank is encouraging the area’s businesses to benefit from their strong geographical location.
Willie Mackie said: “We realise that, although a large proportion of Ayrshire’s businesses export, we could assist in increasing their understanding of international trading and foreign exchange.
“We have received positive feedback from the attendees about how they will be able to implement the information from the night into their business models. We frequently host seminars and presentations at the FSC, and we see it as another added benefit we provide to Ayrshire’s business community.”
Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland’s largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.
Financial Solutions Centres
Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) offer Members a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners, each with considerable local experience, work together to provide Members with end to end solutions for their business and private banking needs. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.
Over 70 FSCs are located around the UK.
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Contact: Willie Mackie, Managing Partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202
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