Market Visit to Benelux - REGISTRATIONS NOW CLOSED

25 May 2016 to 26 May 2016

Duration: 2 days
Admission Fee: Companies will need to pay for their travel and accommodation but eligible companies will be able to apply for £200 financial support.
Eligibility: Any Scottish business new to exporting or already exporting but new to Benelux markets

Why Benelux?

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg offer excellent opportunities for Scottish companies looking to break into Europe. With their proximity to the UK and similar business cultures, the Benelux countries are the ideal starter markets for new or early stage exporters across all sectors.

English is widely spoken in all three markets and the region provides excellent access to the wider European market. Many companies have started their export journey in the region and gone on to become major international businesses.

Organised by Scottish Development International the Benelux market visit offers you an excellent platform to find out more about the business culture in the region, conduct market research, and appoint an agent/distributor or to visit existing clients. You can explore fresh opportunities backed by support of Scottish Development International (SDI) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) experts.

Key sector opportunities in Benelux

  • Defence
  • Security and cyber security
  • Medical devices
  • Food and drink
  • Industrial sector opportunities for companies offering products and services increasing functionality
  • Opportunities for companies active in supplying services in the planning, installation and operational phases of offshore projects

What are the benefits of joining the market visit?

The programme will help you to:

  • Learn practical aspects of doing business in target markets
  • Network with business support intermediaries
  • Meet and connect with Scottish Development International and UK Trade & Investment staff with local market expertise
  • Boost your profile with key customers to gain a competitive advantage
  • Develop relationships with potential customers, agents/distributors
  • Conduct market research and test a new market
  • Launch new products
  • Tap into cross-sector collaborative opportunities
  • Realise you ambitions, to make things happen

What support is available?

We can help with funding and support needed to attend including:

  • Pre-event planning admin and follow-up support
  • Financial grants and discounts for travel and accommodation 
  • Market research and insights
  • Access to local networks and business contacts including GlobalScots
  • Tips on marketing and promotion

How much does it cost? 

Companies will need to pay for their travel and accommodation but eligible companies will be able to apply for £200 financial support.

Market visit programme

Day 1 - 25 May

  • Depart Edinburgh to Brussels
  • Travel to hotel
  • Country overview with UKTI trade advisers from Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg at the British Embassy in Brussels
  • Networking dinner at British Residence, rue Ducale 17, 1000 Brussels

Day 2 - 26 May

  • Attend individual meetings set up for each company by UKTI and SDI with potential agent, distributor and/or buyer (various locations)
  • Store visits (depending on companies/sector attending) or individual company meetings arranged by UKTI (location TBA)
  • Depart Brussels to Edinburgh in the event 

This Market visit is organise by Scottish Development International.

Register here for this event.

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