The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI's diverse and influential membership forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

The SCDI International Business Summit 2016 - 'GLOBAL AMBITION: SHARING & BUILDING EXPORT SUCCESS' - will take place in Glasgow on 8 June 2016.

Wednesday 8 June 2016 - Hilton Glasgow Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT (9.00am - 4.00pm)

Following SCDI's successful inaugural International Summit in 2015 we are delighted to announce that our International Business Summit 2016 will build on key themes from SCDI's recently published Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity 'From Fragile to Agile' which has identified Internationalisation as one of Scotland's key economic priorities for future growth.


This year's Summit 'Global Ambition: Sharing & Building Export Success' - delivered in Partnership with Bank of Scotland ; Brodies LLP ; UK Export Finance ; & VisitScotland - will focus on delivering business-led export growth for Scotland's economy, with a focus on helping existing exporters to build on their successes; and encouraging and supporting new exporters to take their early steps with confidence. The Summit will showcase some of the Scottish businesses leading the way in internationalising - such as A.G.Barr; Tennents (C&C Group); Mackays Ltd; University of Dundee; Totseat; SnapDragon-ip; Edesix Wearable Security; SgurrEnergy Ltd; BioReliance & Alexander Dennis Ltd - and discuss the practical measures which lead to successful exporting. 

SCDI's International Business Summit 2016 will address a range of key international issues including: 

  • Learning from Scotland's export success stories
  • Access to finance and working capital
  • Export growth from International supply chain opportunities
  • International Business Mentoring
  • Export to Growth - growing into new international markets
  • International connectivity and freight
  • Digital and e-exporting opportunities for Scottish companies. 

This business Summit will explore how Scotland can maximise its performance in international markets - sharing the experience and insights of successful global players, setting an industry-led agenda to fulfil Scotland's capabilities and encouraging more Scottish businesses to be confident in pursuing international opportunities.   

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with, hear and learn from the experience of successful exporters - both lareg companies and SMEs - with a focus on: Practical insights into Risk & Reward; The Steps encountered in the Export Process; Building Confidence & Tackling the fear of the Unknown; How to approach International Sales & Marketing; Access to Export Finance & Growth Capital; Tapping into Scotland's Global Connections & Networks; Mentoring Companies on the Learning Curve.


  "I can sum up the day as one of the most insightful for SME businesses exporting or aspiring to export. I was encouraged on the approach of all the speakers. It was real, they connected with our challenges as SMEs in Scotland, and gave very practical ways of working through the challenges. No theories or highly charged technical speak, simple to digest and practical enough to start navigating, well done!"  Delegate at SCDI International Business Summit 2015

Michael Urquhart, Chair of SCDI International Business Committee said: "As a whisky exporter in my own career, I have always been fortunate to learn from the experience of others who have gone before me, and this is one of the aims of this Summit. We will explore how the experience and know... (Read more)

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- an Executive Symposium, Forum Dinner & the Forum 2016 conference.

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