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A 10-strong delegation flew in from Houston to take part in the fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway event  promoted by  Grampian-Houston Association Chairman Brett Jackson, of Granite PR, to highlight business opportunities. They included Jeffrey Blair, of the Greater Houston Partnership, Lance LaCour, of Katy Area Economic Development Council, Fred Welch, of Greater Conroe Economic Development Council, Gil Staley, of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, Andrew Derry(pictured), of the British International School of Houston, Frank, Landreneau, of PKF Texas,  Travis and Jo Middleton, Texas Global Business Network and TradeMark Insurance Agency, Andy Grieve, of Hampco, G-Tech Innovation Centre. Other speakers were Richard Britten, of Johnston Carmichael and Euan Tait, of ROVOP.


The annual Shell Houston Open golf tournament is looking for a new sponsor and a new venue.  Shell Oil are ending their sponsorship as part of a change in sponsorship strategy and Houston Golf Association's contract with the Golf Club of Houston ended with the 2017 tournament won  on 2 April by Russell Henley, of Georgia. Mayor Sylvester Turner has suggested Memorial Park would be a suitable venue for the PGA event. It was last staged there in 1963.


The 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracted a record attendance of 2.6 million visitors during the three weeks of events. This total exceeded the 2014 record of 2.5 million.


Thirteen Houstonians figure in the 2017 Forbes Magazine list of the world's billionaires. The list comprises 2043 individuals with an average estimated wealth of about $3.75 billion.  Texas supplied 50 of the names. Bill Gates topped the list for the fourth year running.