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Doing business in the Middle East event in Inverness

08 June 2016

Companies across the Highlands and Islands interested in doing business in the Middle East are invited along to a free event offering advice and support.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is hosting the ‘Doing Business in the Middle East’ event at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness at 10am-1pm on 15 June.

Interactive workshops will be followed by a networking lunch and one to one meetings to help fast track businesses to set up and develop in the Middle East.

The event is organised in partnership with the Middle East High Growth Markets Unit (HGMU) which helps companies realise their ambitions in markets which could potentially offer higher rewards.

The HGMU, in partnership with HIE and Scottish Enterprise, will lead a market visit to the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in November this year. Colin Crabbe, manager of HGMU will provide an overview of this opportunity and outline the support available for businesses to trade in the Middle East.

With over 20 years regional experience, Colin previously worked in the Middle East as a trade and distributions consultant after being involved in the region as a manager with multinational drinks and healthcare companies.

Laura Robertson, HIE, said: “The event is part of a programme of activities to equip businesses with the skills and knowledge of the market before considering joining the visit to the Middle East. There is a range of support available from HIE and HGMU for businesses interested in doing business in the Middle East.”

Nadia Rinawi, regional manager Europe for the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority will speak at the event about the many benefits and incentives available for setting up in the area, which is now home to more than 8,600 companies from over 100 countries.

John R McCallum from GlobalScot will offer his advice and share valuable insights from his experience working as an engineering construction manager in the oil and gas sector in the Middle East.

Eric Cordiner, director of Nairn based Pinnacle Business Solutions will talk about how he started work in the market, and discuss the challenges and advantages of doing business there and offer some tips. 

Eric said: “Tapping in to the Middle East market allowed us to develop our advanced MatriX-EPS software solutions for the engineering construction sector. It also provided Pinnacle with the international gateway to sell it to customers across the globe.”

There will also be the opportunity for one to one meetings.

This event is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 EU funding programme.

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