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New collaborative project launched to drive Scotland’s energy potential

Written by Michelle Rodger

An innovative new collaborative project will see the appointment of five international market specialists, to support Scottish companies to maximise export opportunities in the energy supply chain.

The project, funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International (SDI) and Opportunity North East (ONE),  will provide key connections between Scottish businesses and international markets; the new in-market specialists will build a network of customers, government departments, regulators and intermediaries in the USA, Mexico, India, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. They will also provide one-to-one support for Scottish companies to help improve market access, share local market insights and opportunities, and develop an understanding of key regulatory drivers and market regulation.

Supporting the international growth of Scotland’s oil and gas industry and wider energy supply chain for the longer term, with its high-skill jobs and productivity, is an economic priority.

It is hoped the experts will provide a vital conduit between businesses in Scotland’s world class energy supply chain and new, international markets – providing knowledge and advice to businesses, and creating the vital networking opportunities that supply chain businesses require to get that all important ‘foot in the door’.

Paul Lewis, SDI Managing Director, said: “This collaboration is worth far more than the sum of the parts; by working together and pooling our resources, I believe we will achieve even greater results and establish new international opportunities for the Scottish energy supply chain.

“The good news is that we already know this type of approach works; the same model has had a significant impact on the food and drink industry, generating increased exports through in-market specialists opening doors with international customers for companies in Scotland.

“Having a permanent presence in these significant international energy markets will allow us to build strong relationships with key customers, identify new export opportunities for the energy supply chain and reinforce Scotland’s place on the international energy map.”

About the author

Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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