Media Release: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle welcomes Chinese consul-general, Li Ruiyou


THE Elite Ayrshire Business Circle in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council has held a special meeting entitled, ‘Encouraging Trade and Business between Ayrshire and China’.

The meeting was attended by Chinese consul-general in Edinburgh Mr Li Ruiyou, consul Mr Wan Degang, and deputy consul Miss Zhu Hongying.

Main speakers included Wendy Liu, manager of the China-Britain Business Council’s Glasgow office, Bill Ure and Kellie Zdanowicz of JB Management, and Kirsteen Higgins, Smart Exporter Operations Manager, Scottish Enterprise.

The meeting in the Robertson Room in the main building at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum was attended by MSPs John Scott, Adam Ingram and Chic Brodie, and South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, deputy leader Margaret Toner, and executive director of Development & Environment, Lesley Bloomer.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chair, Norman Geddes, chaired the meeting and commented: “We were delighted to welcome Chinese consul-general in Edinburgh Li Ruiyou, consul Mr Wan Degang, and deputy consul Miss Zhu Hongying, and are grateful to them for having taken the time out of their busy schedules to come to Ayrshire.

“As the economic skies continue to darken, it becomes ever more vital that, for the Ayrshire economy to continue to thrive and prosper, more local companies must find ways to do business in parts of the world like China that are still managing to achieve economic growth.

“Many Ayrshire companies have already established business relationships in China, and are to be congratulated for having done so. But more must follow their shining example, and we hope that this latest meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will inspire them and assist them to do so.”


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

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