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.

FREE EXPORT ADVICE for Scottish firms! - Export Hub Tour of Scotland (Aug & Sept 2016)    

The UK Government's unique interactive Export Hub is again touring Scotland during August & September 2016, bringing a world of insight, inspiration and overseas opportunity right to the doorstep of businesses.

Meet up at the Export Hub for expert advice on how to sell overseas and which markets offer the greatest potential. Hear from experienced exporters and get one-to-one business support. Exporting is GREAT's Export Hub - a mobile flexible events space - is continuing to travel the length and breadth of the UK giving face-to-face support and guidance to first-time exporters, using the latest technology to connect businesses with export opportunities.

As the Export Hub truck makes its way around Scotland for its second tour during late August and into September, regional staff from Exporting is GREAT partners will be on hand to engage and support Scottish companies at a local level. 

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Your business will be able to access free export advice this summer when the Exporting is GREAT tour makes its second visit to Scotland. The Export Hub is an initiative led by the UK Government Department for International Trade backed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry). The EiG partners are also liaising with local authorities in each area of the truck's Scottish tour.

It will visit 8 Scottish locations between 23 Aug until 8 Sept - at Gretna Green, Prestwick Airport, Cairndow, the Isle of Skye, Inverness, Forres, Perthshire and Fife. 


Over 11,000 companies in Scotland have taken their businesses to the next level through exporting. Whatever the size or nature of your business, exporting can offer untold opportunities if approached in the right way. Scotland already exports £27.5bn worth of goods and services all over the world, but there is plenty of room to increase this and anyone who's even remotely interested in learning more should engage with the roadshow and explore the options.

Meet 1-2-1 with qualified expertsThe Export Hub will help you discover which international markets need your products or services, and where the best opportunities are. Grab some time away from the office to come and chat with trade and market experts. Get practical advice on all aspects of doing business... (Read more)


"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 Bus... (Read more)

SCDI Forum 2016 energised the debate in driving economic growth for Scotland. 


 The Forum programme consisted of three main sessions
- an Executive Symposium, Forum Dinner & the Forum 2016 conference.

SCDI FORUM 2016 - Friday 18 March (08.00 - 15.00)
A full day conference featuring main-stage plenary sessions, i... (Read more)