University strengthens partnership with Clydesdale Bank

Published: 27 November 2008

The University and the Clydesdale Bank have forged a new partnership designed to strengthen the links between Scottish business and education.

The University and the Clydesdale Bank have forged a new partnership designed to strengthen the links between Scottish business and education.

As part of a three year sponsorship deal, Clydesdale Bank has funded the refurbishment of the MBA lecture theatre within the University of Glasgow’s Business School which has been re-branded, Clydesdale Bank Lecture Theatre.

The innovative partnership is part of a collaboration which aims to bridge the gap between academia and Scotland’s business community, which includes a series of seminars and networking events under the theme of Delivering Organisational Performance.

The seminars which started earlier this month focus on a wide range of business topics, taking a fresh approach to key business issues including innovation and technology as well as leadership and internationalisation. Professor Angus Laing (left) and Paul Newton

This latest series follows on from last years seminars on “Delivering Sustainable Growth” from which over 300 businesses benefited.

Located within the Gilbert Scott building in the main building of the University, The Clydesdale Bank Lecture Theatre has been completely renovated and refurbished with state of the art audio-visual equipment and provides an outstanding venue for the seminar series.

The Clydesdale Bank Lecture Theatre was officially unveiled by Professor Angus Laing, head of Glasgow University’s Business School, and Paul Newton, Clydesdale’s Head of UK marketing (pictured).

Speaking at the opening, Professor Angus Laing, said: “This partnership will allow us to cultivate deeper links between the private sector and some of the most respected academics from around the world.

“The Scottish economy is facing one of the biggest challenges in recent years and this is a time when organisations look for ways to boost performance by using the best knowledge, research and debate available to them.

“By working together, we can share experience, ideas and best practice to modernise and continue to grow the Scottish economy.”

Paul Newton, Clydesdale’s head of UK marketing, said: “Clydesdale Bank is proud to support the University of Glasgow’s Business School. We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Business School over several years and share the belief that strong links between business and education are vital to develop and retain the very best talent in Scotland.

“From the banks’ perspective, this partnership presents an excellent opportunity for networking and improving business performance as well as adding value to our customers, from SMEs to large corporate enterprises.”


Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Group.  Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities.  With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland's largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

*Clydesdale Bank was recently voted the ‘Best Business Bank’ in Scotland, by the Forum of Private Business.

In 1987, Clydesdale Bank PLC became a member of National Australia Bank Group.

First published: 27 November 2008