Renfrewshire International Trade Development Workshop

Date Posted: 4 Apr, 2024

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce has launched a new International Trade project, funded by Renfrewshire Council’s allocation from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The purpose is to encourage Renfrewshire companies to explore opportunities for growth through exporting, either for the first time or by looking at new markets.

We will be offering a range of free support and consultancy services lasting up to 12 months, with additional substantial funding assistance for participation in trade missions and international exhibitions.

This project is aimed at SMEs in Renfrewshire across all sectors, with up to 250 employees. There is no lower limit.

Have you considered the potential for growth and increased profitability that can be achieved by exporting?

The Scottish business environment has changed in recent years due to the pressures of Covid, Brexit and high inflation, resulting in tighter margins and increased competition. Many companies are actively looking for new ways to generate new business and expand their customer base.

Renfrewshire has a wealth of resources of which we can be proud – Glasgow Airport, rail links to the South, the home of National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), engineering expertise, first class further educational facilities, and an excellent international reputation as part of the popular Scottish brand.

However, it can be daunting to take the first steps into exporting or into new markets, sometimes for financial reasons or due to lack of knowledge, expertise or simply confidence.

Are you aware of the opportunities that exist to take your products and services to new markets?

Do you know about the free professional services and financial support that are available to take your first steps in exporting, or to scale up?

International Trade Development WORKSHOP

If you are interested in finding out more, then the first of our introductory workshops is the ideal opportunity to discover the help that is available and explore whether exporting is right for your business.

What will you learn?

We will cover the most common factors that need to be considered when deciding whether an export market is right for your company, or not:
• How to obtain meaningful research data
• Language/Culture awareness
• Barriers to trade
• Regulatory issues
• Intellectual property
• Distribution channels
• Documentation requirements
• Staff resources

What assistance is available?

• Free consultancy to explore markets and assess opportunities
• Free support to create an exporting plan
• Free access to market information
• Access to professional services
• Grants to assist with trade missions and exhibitions

Join us at the Barnwell Suite in Renfrewshire Chamber offices on 25th April 12:30 – 2pm for the opportunity to discover more about this project.
Tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch will be provided.

Spaces are limited to 15 delegates, so please respond quickly if you want to be one of the first to hear about the chance to benefit from the funding provided by Renfrewshire Council.

Open only to businesses based in Renfrewshire.

Bob Grant, Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
Stuart Hamilton, International Trade Development Specialist, Renfrewshire Chamber
With support from colleagues at SDI and DBT

Book your place online or email Stuart Hamilton, International Trade Development Specialist,