Internationalisation and Innovation day

12 November 2014

Stimulate Your Business: Internationalisation and Innovation

Horizon Scotland is hosting Moray Business Weeks Internationalisation and Innovation day. The morning focuses on internationalisation, where local business support organisations are coming together as part of an ongoing initiative to help local businesses find out about, and harness, the support available to do business overseas. The afternoon is designed to stimulate your business concentrating on innovation and giving you an overview of the support available to innovate your business.

Please register for the full day event. Sessions are designed to be flexible for you to drop in, depending on what is relevant for your business.

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Event programme

8.00-8.45am Alastair Nicolson, Head of Planning and Partnerships, HIE

Business breakfast: Building sustainable growth in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Come and join us for breakfast while Alastair Nicolson takes a brief look at the important contribution international trade and innovation make to creating jobs and wealth in a modern economy.  The presentation looks at the role HIE plays in developing the economy, the medium term outcomes that will indicate success and explores the impact that encouraging more businesses to trade overseas and to engage in innovative activity can have on their long-term profitability and the corresponding wider, positive, impact these actions can have on the regional / national economy.

9.00 -10.00am Enterprise Europe Network - Internationalisation: Reaching Customers Overseas

Enterprise Europe Network and Business Gateway services, the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Scottish Development International are coming together to help local businesses find out about, and harness, the support available to do business overseas. This session is in response to two recent business surveys: the Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s survey of businesses, and the Bank of Scotland’s survey of the Food and Drink sector. Both studies found that many businesses have ambitions to grow internationally (40% and 58% of respondents, respectively), but feel they are hampered by a lack of time, resources, funding, and market access.

10.00-10.15am coffee break

10.15-11.00am Ewan Ramsay - International strategy

This highly practical workshop is aimed both at companies considering new overseas markets as part of their business development plans, as well as organisations that have recently begun to export products or services. One of the key challenges when starting to exporting is to look at it from a strategic perspective and this workshop will provide each participant with some highly relevant tools and knowledge to start shaping their strategic export plan.

11.00 – 11.30am Ewan Ramsay - International Finance, Contracts and Logistics

This workshop provides a detailed, yet practical insight into some of the key elements of International trade. Ensuring relationships with customers, agents, distributors, freight forwarders and others within your supply chain are all securely in place is of paramount importance. This workshop will provide some real life case studies and practical examples, to provide a framework for each participant with which to export with confidence. This workshop is relevant to exporters no matter how much knowledge or experience they have of export markets.

11.45-12.15pm David Howie, Regional Lead Practitioner, SMAS- SMAS support to help companies get export ready

This session will set out the key areas a manufacturing company should consider when taking those first steps to export or improve export performance.

12.15-1.15pm Network Lunch

1.15-1.45pm John Mackenzie, HIE - Innovate your business

If you’ve got a new idea to grow your business but don’t know how to make it happen, we’re here to help. Whether that’s developing a new product, service or business approach, our Innovate your Business programme offers expert advice, support sessions and funding to make your idea a reality.

2.00-2.45pm Adam Beeley, HIE - What will you do with better broadband?

HIE and Digital Scotland are investing £146m in a massive fibre optic network connecting our region’s homes and businesses. As well as transforming access to better broadband, we also want to help everyone make the most of being online. Not tried it and want to know what the fuss is about? We can show you how easy it is to get connected. If you’re already online we can help you make it work for your business. You’re only a few clicks from discovering a digital world which can change how we live, work and learn.

2.45-3.00pm coffee break

3.00-3.20pm Kathryn Fraser - Interface: facilitating connections to Scotland’s Universities – maximizing your innovation potential

3.30-4.30pm- Innovation Bytes

Network with key experts and get the support you need to innovate your business.

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