EDAS / SDI Internationalisation Learning Workshop Part I: Exporting

An EDAS Learning Event in Partnership with Scottish Development International


Friday, 31st March 2017

Apex 1, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD

09:30 – 15:30 (Includes Networking Lunch)

£50 + VAT EDAS Member / £100 + VAT Non-Members

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Event contact: Elaine Bone ([email protected] / 07801 354591)


“Scotland must remain internationally relevant. Our people must have the skills and attitudes to seize new opportunities and participate in a global world. This is integral to building a stronger, fairer and more prosperous Scotland.”1


Following on from EDAS’ internationalisation work as part of its Route Map for Common Ambition, this workshop is part one of two practical learning events designed for professionals with a role or interest in supporting and growing the global aspirations of businesses and organisations in Scotland.

Part two, to be held later this year, will focus on foreign direct investment. Those who attend both workshops will receive a £10 discount on the cost of the second workshop (£40 member / £90 non-member).

With Scotland’s exports rising by £1bn from 2014 – 2015, maintaining this trend is a key priority for the Scottish economy. This full-day learning workshop will provide the latest information on strategies, service and product provision, growth sectors, and good practice case studies. We will also discuss global networks and, based on EDAS’ Route Map work, look at the importance of engendering an international outlook and culture as a backdrop to successful internationalisation in Scotland.

Importantly, there will be ample time for informal catch up with our speakers and colleagues from across the public, private and third sectors – giving you a chance to learn, share expertise, exchange views and raise questions about developments and news with peers from around the country.

Programme and Speakers

09:30: Networking Coffee

10:15: Welcome from event Chair - Susan Love, Policy Manager, FSB Scotland and EDAS Board Member

10:25: Scotland's Strategy for Internationalisation - George Burgess, Deputy Director, Food, Drink and Trade, Scottish Government

10:45: The Organisational Landscape: A Team Scotland Approach

Scottish Development International will touch on trends, performance, Brexit impact and sector growth areas; followed by detailing its core functions. We will then hear from Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group (SLAED) representatives, outlining their networks' roles and responsibilities in supporting internationalisation.

10:45: Lesley Frostick, Strategy Partner, Scottish Development International and Andy McDonald, Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Scottish Development International

11:05: Val Russell, Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce representing the Scottish Chambers of Commerce

11:20: Pamela Stevenson, Executive Member, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED)

11:35: Networks and Engendering a Culture of Internationalisation - Kate MacInnes, GlobalScot Team Manager, Scottish Enterprise

11:50: Panel Discussion and Q & A

12:10: Networking Lunch

13:00: Good Practice Showcase

A range of advisers, some teamed with their clients, will illustrate good practice examples in promoting, developing and supporting internationalisation.

13:00: Greame Currie, Deputy Head of Operations, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd

13:15: Gerry Higgins, Chief Executive, CEIS Group

13:30: Joe Pacitti, Assistant Principal, Strategic Projects and Policy, Heriot Watt University

13:45: Q & A

14:00: David Smith, Programmes Manager, Cultural Enterprise Office

14:15: Val Russell, Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Ailsa Henderson, Alex Begg Ltd.

14:30: Q & A and General Discussion

15:00: Summing Up and Close

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1Scottish Government International Framework statement http://www.gov.scot/Topics/International/strategy