In pictures: Scotland House launches with three events

Scotland's national house for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games marked its opening yesterday (21 July) by hosting three events.

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The house, located within Glasgow’s City Hall and Old Fruitmarket, was officially opened by first minister Alex Salmond on Monday. Over the next two weeks, more than 60 different business events will take place in the venue to unite Scottish and Glasgow-based companies with key business contacts, in a bid to highlight the country’s business expertise to a global audience.

Open until 3 August, Scotland House is a partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland, the Scottish government, VisitScotland, SportScotland, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Creative Scotland.

Team Scotland also hosted the flagbearers’ reception yesterday, where Euan Burton, who will represent Scotland in judo, was named as the nation’s flag bearer and will lead Team Scotland into the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. He was handed the flag at the event by cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy.

Tourist body VisitScotland organised the Homecoming Scotland 2014 reception at Scotland House. This was to celebrate the success of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 event series so far, a year-long celebration of Scotland featuring nearly 1,000 events nationwide.

Scotland House will also include a private space for Team Scotland athletes and their families to meet and for post competition media activity. Next door, the Fruitmarket will be operated by Festival 2014 with a programme of public events planned.

Each partner has equally invested towards the approximate £500,000 budget for Scotland House.

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