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Businesses in Grampian Region should see Houston as the gateway to the United States, Houston City Council member Stephen Costello told delegates attending the inaugural Aberdeen-
Councilman Costello expressed a strong desire to grow connections between Aberdeen and Houston. He was speaking at a business breakfast at Hotel Granduca in Houston which was linked by satellite to a business lunch at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. Aberdeen.
A total of 240 attended the event organised by Brett Jackson, managing director of Granite PR, Aberdeen, with the backing of close on 40 sponsors and supporters, including the Grampian-
Aberdeen City Council’s Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Mr Gordon McIntosh said the Grampian-
Ian Kirk, managing director of Downhole Products, Aberdeen, also said the Grampian-
Andrew Millar (pictured), H.M. Consul General in Houston, said delegates attending the 2013 OTC in May would find Houston “buzzing” and offering lots of opportunities. Aberdeen always had a “fantastic presence” at OTC. Mr Millar mentioned that around 75,000 people in Texas work for British sourced companies.
Jim Nixon, chief executive of Varel International Energy Services in Houston, said the Aberdeen-
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Tom Smith, chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum, chaired the lunch in Aberdeen and actor and media consultant Bob Boudreaux was moderator at the Houston end.
Event organiser Brett Jackson said he hoped to build on the success of the first Aberdeen-