Scotland

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Major Industrial Cities:

Businesses are centralized into main cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Arerbeen.

Key Industries:

The major industries of Scotland include tourism, financial services, textile, shipbuilding, electronic markets, construction and manufacturing.

Inventions:

Scotland has been recognized around the world for their innovatiness and inventiveness. Listed below are some key Scottish inventors:

William Murdoch (1754-1839): Invented gas lighting, the steam tricycle, the steam cannon and waterproof paint

Charles MacIntosh (1766-1843): Chemist who invented the raincoat

Kirkpatrick MacMillan (1812-1878): Invented the first bicycle

Alexander Grahman Bell (1847-1922): Invented the telephone

Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955): Won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1945 for his discovery of penicillin

John Logie Baird (1888-1946): Invented the first television picture 1

Etiquette:

It is very important to use the correct terminology when addressing businessmen and women in Scotland. Although they are part of the United Kingdom, they are offended when they are referred to as English.

Introductions are also an important part of business in Scotland. A third party person usually makes the first introduction.

Punctuality is another key element of business practices in Scotland. Being on time to appointments is highly valued, and it is considered an insult to be late without giving notice.

Additionally, the Scottish are traditionally very private people. Therefore, questions that may come off as intrusive should be avoided. Furthermore, objective facts are valued over individual opinions.

Gender roles:

Scotland is considered to be a male dominant society. Therefore, men tend hold more powerful positions than women in the workforce. Men have jobs such as public officials, legal professionals and business administrators, whereas women have more secretarial jobs.

Workweek Schedule:

The majority of offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, hours do occasionally vary. For example, government offices stay open until 5:30 p.m. throughout the week, but are close from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. each day.2

 

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