Doing business in Benelux

26 January 2016

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 can be excellent test markets for companies making their way into exporting.

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.

Key sector opportunities:

  • Defence
  • Security, cyber security
  • Medical devices
  • Food & drink
  • In 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

Why attend the event?

The programme will feature:

  • An overview of the Benelux market and what to expect doing business in this region
  • The support available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Develoment International
  • One-to-one meetings (by request) with each of the speakers providing you with the opportunity for further business discussions and specifics about expanding in the region
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded senior business professionals


  • 12.00 – 12.30 Registration and lunch
  • 12.30 – 12.35 Introductions from Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • 12.35 – 13.15 Overview and opportunities in Benelux markets, Nadine Vandenbroucke, UK Trade and Investment Brussels
  • 13.15 – 13.25 Overview of support available from Scottish Development International, Sylvain Grandena, Paris Field office Scottish Development International
  • 13.25 – 13.35 Support available to new exporters through Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • 13.35 – 13.45 Q&A
  • 13.45 Networking and 1-2-1s

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited, so please register now to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you.


Book online > 

  • Doors Open: 12:00 to 14:00
  • Duration: 2 hours Admission
  • Fee: No charge 
  • Venue: Eden Court, Inverness
  • Eligibility: Open to all Scottish Businesses with international growth ambitions.
  • Disabled Access: Accessible - please note any requirements when booking.

Back to top