(KTVI)- Will Scotland end its 300 year union with the United Kingdom next Thursday? Scottish voters will decide in a referendum. The latest poll indicates that 45 percent are in favor of independence, 50 percent want to stay in the United Kingdom, and five percent are undecided.
How would that effect trade with St. Louis? In fact what does St. Louis trade with Scotland?
Luckily, Scotland's Senior Diplomat just happens to be in St. Louis this week. Mr. Donnie Jack, Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas along with Mark Sutherland, CCO of Elasticity and Scottish immigrant to St. Louis, tell us more.
Scotland and St. Louis have similar economic strengths, including technology and innovation, life science and financial services. Scottish company MiiCard was one of the recent companies expanding from Scotland to St. Louis due to funding received from SixThirty, a St. Louis-based FinTech accelerator.
Additionally, both Scotland and St. Louis have been linked by culture for many years due to the annual St. Louis Scottish Games, numerous Robert Burns dinners every January, the Tartan Day celebrations in St. Charles each April, the St. Louis-based Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education (SPAE) organization, and the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis.
The public will have the opportunity to hear from and meet Mr. Jack during a SLU Boeing Institute of International Business event on September 12th.
The event will include a presentation, a Q-and-A, and a reception. Dr. James McLaren, president of Strathkirn Inc, and a GlobalScot, will introduce Mr. Jack.