N. Sea oil entrepreneur launches Scottish-Asia business gateway

Mark Skinner
Mark Skinner

A Scottish oil entrepreneur has launched a new venture designed to help UK-based companies get into the south-east Asia market.

Scotsbridge – the new start-up – has been founded by Mark Skinner, former managing director of oil and gas firm John Bell Pipeline, and Don Wang, who hails from Singapore.

It aims to build upon the existing trade links between Scotland and southeast Asia to create fresh export opportunities for businesses on both sides of the globe.

Scotsbridge has a strong focus on the oil and gas, banking, financial and construction sectors, among others.

Skinner led Inverurie-based John Bell Pipeline from 2012 to 2017, where he helped the company achieve sales growth and international expansion, as well as overseeing the sale of the company to the global Bianco Group.

He said: “Ever since the energy industry downturn caused by the fall in the oil price first took hold, businesses of all sizes have turned towards international expansion as a means of staying competitive.

“We see it as our role to not only promote international links but help simplify the process and remove some of the barriers faced by Scottish firms looking to establish a presence in the lucrative Asian market.”

2 Feb 2018

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