No business is too small to export, according to the organisers of Export Week. The relatively weak pound and tough market conditions at home are two good reasons to consider exploring new opportunities overseas.
The UK Department of Trade and Industry, Scottish Development International (SDI), and Scottish Enterprise have organised a series of high-profile events next week to encourage businesses to export their products and services.
More than 60 events are taking place throughout the UK from May 13th to 17th.
This year, they’re focusing on fast-growing emerging markets, such as Indonesia, Columbia, Qatar and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).
There will be plenty of advice available to companies of all sizes on every aspect of exporting.
Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade & Investment, said: “It’s a tremendous and very important opportunity to learn about the exciting markets there are.
“We’ve all heard of the BRICs, but there are other emerging markets like Indonesia, Vietnam and Turkey. They have young populations, emerging middle classes, and more and more spending power, wanting to access what developed countries like Britain have got to offer.”
The varied program includes a China Export Clinic in the West Midlands, and a Masterclass in Business Culture in the Middle East in Guildford. Attendees can brush up their Business Portuguese for Beginners in Northampton, or “wake up” to new opportunities at the Good Morning Vietnam event in Devon.
SDI and Scottish Enterprise are spearheading the program north of the border. As well as a strong program of talks and events, their international trade experts will be offering tailored advice to companies.
While Scotland’s best known export is whisky, there are growing markets worldwide for a wide range of Scottish products, from chemical and electrical products to Quaker porridge oats and Harris tweed. More than 5000 companies are already exporting, but the SDI team believe there’s plenty of room for expansion.
Lingo24 has first-hand experience of the great service they provide. Scottish Enterprise’s Global Scot programme has helped us make connections around the world, while we recently teamed up with SDI to run a networking event in Boston. We’re delighted to be contributing to their Export Week blog – do have a look at it next week!
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