International Trade Events | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

International Trade Events

We work with a number of expert partners from across the international trade advice and support sector to deliver a range of events on access to international trade support, opportunities and challenges.

Upcoming International Trade events:


Exploring the Chinese Market

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER | 09:00 - 11:00
£15 + VAT/ £25 + VAT (NON-MEMBERS)

Did you know that in 2017 there was more than a 40% rise in Scottish exports to China compared with the previous year ?

China’s economic transformation over the past three decades is one of the greatest success stories the world has seen to date. As the country’s economy continues to grow, so does the demand for foreign products. China’s diversity and consumer-orientated economy make the country an attractive export location for Scottish businesses.
Join us for a breakfast event to learn more about the opportunities the Chinese market has to offer.

Speakers will include: H.E Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh,  James Brodie, Manager of the China-Britain Business Council,  Jane Ning, China Lead specialist at SDI, Rob Lang, Head of Marketing and Chair of Edinburgh’s China Ready Programme at Edinburgh Airport and a case-study, Kieran Coyle, Owner and Director of Premiership Experience.


Top 4 reasons to look at the Chinese market:

  1. With 1.4 billion residents, China is the largest country in the world by population and the covers an area almost the size of Europe. The country has 20 percent of the world's population.
  2. Household incomes in China are soaring, with more than 300 million people now considered middle class.
  3. China’s GDP growth rate over the past three decades has often bypassed 10 per cent, and consistently exceeded seven per cent.
  4. The Chinese government's Made in China 2025 plan highlights four key initiatives to continue reforming the economy

Book a place through your online account or by calling Sophie-Lou on the following number 01312212970. For more information about the event, contact:


Building Your Chinese Consumer Base - E-Commerce and overseas Chinese (Glasgow)


Chinese consumers are increasingly purchasing foreign products in three ways – via E-Commerce Platforms, through foreign brands’ own websites, or shopping while overseas. While 3rd party e-commerce platforms remain dominant in China, there has been an important shift in purchasing behaviour towards shopping through brand-owned overseas websites. Additionally, Chinese tourism to Scotland continues to rise (figure), and the student population continues to grow, providing opportunities for retailers, hospitality, and attractions to service these potential customers.

Join this seminar, co-organised by SDI and the China-Britain Business Council, to learn more about how to attract these consumers, and make sure that you can service them effectively.  The event will finish for lunch at 13:00, with bookable 1-2-1 meetings available in the afternoon for interested companies.

Who should attend:

  • Companies from all consumer goods sectors, as well as from the tourism and hospitality sectors.
  • The workshop will cover:
  • Current trends in Chinese e-commerce
  • An introduction to how e-commerce and cross-border e-commerce sales platforms and services operate
  • How to make your own website ready for Chinese users
  • Strategies for how to target overseas Chinese consumers
  • Successful case studies from local companies

Workshop Outcome:
Delegates will leave with a good understanding of what will be required to take forward their interest in this marketplace.

09:30 Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 Welcome - Jane Ning, China Lead, SDI
10:05 Chinese Consumer Trends in E-Commerce
Jack Porteous, Retail and E-Commerce Sector Lead (UK), CBBC
10:40 Making your website China-friendly – servicing Chinese consumers in the UK and China
Backbone IT Group
11:20 Break
11:35 Strategies for targeting overseas Chinese 
Emerging Communications
12:15 Business case studies – Panel moderated by Jack Porteous
12:45 Panel Discussion / Q&A Session
13:00 Networking Lunch and bookable 121 meetings
15.00 Event Close



Connect Your Business to The State of Pennsylvania

Meet USA trade experts for a 'whistle-stop' tour of the State of Of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. Discover the opportunities for your products and services. Plus, get practical tips and guidance to help you set up, grow and develop your business in this State.

Scotland's top export destination

The USA continues to be Scotland's top international trading partner with around 16% of all our exports entering the States, worth £4.6 billion. 

This Scottish North American Business Council event, delivered with partners including will offer a quick, practical introduction to international trade opportunities in to the State of Pennsylvania.

Sector opportunities

Significant opportunities exist for Scottish firms across a range of key sectors, including:

  • Life sciences
  • Electronics
  • FMedical Devices
  • Advanced Engineering
  • Tourism
  • Food and drink
  • Digital / ICT
  • Logistics

Support to grow your business in the USA

On the day you'll learn more about the support available for companies like yours considering trade with the State of Pennsylvania.

There will be opportunities to meet key figures from the state. Get your questions answered by an expert panel and hear from Scottish companies already finding success in this State who'll share their experiences and top tips.

Event programme

This event will focus on all aspects of trading with the state of Pennsylvania including:

  • Getting started and who to contact for tailored support
  • How to research your market
  • How to identify routes to market
  • Meet and quiz other Scottish businesses already growing in this state

Full agenda will be published shortly.

Speakers Confirmed include Joseph D Burke | Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business Development, Carol L. Kilko | Deputy Secretary for Business Finance, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Richard Kilner MD Commonwealth of Pennsylvania European Investment Office.

The register for this event please visit here to book your place.

Please note this event is solely for Business Representatives looking to trade into the USA.

For more information on the event email or call him on 07982250682.


A Journey to Global E-Commerce Success


Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce has teamed up DHL Express and British Chambers of Commerce to bring you a workshop designed to highlight how simple it is to grow your business globally using e-commerce.

Experts at DHL Express will guide you through the opportunities available with global e-commerce and provide practical advice on how to optimise your website and delivery services for international customers. 

If you’re looking to take your domestic business international, grow your existing international business, or go global from day one, this session will support you on your journey.

Book here

The session will include the following content:

  • Introduction to global e-commerce and the opportunities it presents
  • What could global e-commerce success look like for your business?
  • Optimising your e-commerce site – including language, currency, payment methods, and customs duties recommendations
  • Enhancing customer delivery experience – including choice of delivery speed and last mile options, pro-active notifications, and handling returns
  • Where are your business’ international opportunities?
  • Success stories from DHL Express’ international customers

Due to high demand, places are limited to 2 people per company for this event so early booking is advised. 

Book a place through your online account or by calling Sophie-Lou on the following number 01312212970. For more information about the event, contact:


Trade Mission: Donegal & Dublin

17 OCTOBER 2018 - 19 OCTOBER 2018

17th October - Arrival to Donegal
Afternoon - Conducting site visits to various local Irish businesses.
Evening - Reception with key representatives of Southern Ireland’s business community.
18th October
Morning - Welcome for delegates with Irish Minister & workshop session.
Afternoon - Various visits to Irish businesses in Donegal.
Evening - Transfer to Dublin followed by a group dinner with delegates.
19th October
Morning/Afternoon - One-to-one meetings for delegates.
Evening - Option to attend South Dublin Chamber Annual Business Dinner.

Approx. Total Cost: £300
Accommodation (2 nights): £200 | Flights: £100
(All prices and exchange rates are subject to change)

Register your Interest Now!
For more details on cost and activities please contact: OR call 01506 414808


Exploring Business Opportunities in the UAE

23 OCTOBER 2018 

Did you know that the UAE is the biggest export market in the Middle East for Scottish companies? 
Join us for an exciting breakfast event organised in collaboration with The Corporate Group. The event will give you the opportunity to hear from experts about the business opportunities in the UAE.
Speakers will include senior representatives from the following organisations:

  • Ayman Al Awadhi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Corporate Group, who will speak about market entry, business opportunities in the UAE and Expo 2020.
  • Rob Goddard, Founder and CEO of Evolution/CBS, who will provide tips on how to grow your business and information on a trade mission to Dubai that will take place in November.
  • The Corporate Business Services (CBS), who will speak about market entry, business opportunities in the UAE and Expo 2020.
  • Moore Stephens, who will give you information about tax and VAT in the UAE.
  • Evolution/CBS, who will provide tips on how to grow your business and information on a trade mission to Dubai that will take place in November.
  • Colin Crabbe, International Senior Manager High Growth Markets Unit at SDI, who will focus on the support available for Scottish companies.
  • A potential case-study, who will share their experience about doing business in the UAE.

One-to-one meetings:
If you would like to discuss your business situation more in-depth, speakers will be available for one-to-one meeting following the event. To guarantee their availability, please book your session in advance.

Book here

 Why do business in the UAE ? 

  • It is the UK’s largest export market in the Middle East and the 13th biggest globally. The UK exported £9.8 billion of goods and services in 2016. This was a 37% increase since 2009. The UAE is the UK’s fourth largest export market outside the EU.
  • It has a diverse economy which is continually growing and expanding.
  • A gateway for exporting into other Middle Eastern and African countries.
  • There is no taxation on personal income and capital gains.
  • English is widely spoken and accepted as the language of business and there is a large British expat community.
  • It is the only country in the Arab world to be ranked again among the top 20 in the digital competitiveness index, according to a report released by IMD World Digital Competitiveness Centre. 
  • It is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 20 countries when it comes to “ease of doing business”.  Currently placed 21st, compared to other Gulf States such as Bahrain placed 66th and Saudi Arabia 92nd and Qatar in 83rd spot.
  • The Government plans to introduce a 10-year residency visa to attract investors and new talent.

Book a place through your online account or by calling Sophie-Lou on the following number 01312212970. For more information about the event, contact:


ARBCC Trade Mission to Moscow Region

28 OCTOBER 2018 - 1 NOVEMBER 2018

Following on from the success of the RBCC Trade Mission to the Republic of Tatarstan in April 2018, the Chamber will be taking another delegation to Russia, this time from the UK to Moscow and its outer industrial regions.

It is intended that the mission will begin with the journey to Moscow on Sunday 28th October, and culminate in the RBCC’s annual investment forum, RussiaTALK on 1st November.

Moscow Key Facts:

  • Population: 12 million
  • Accounts for over 1/5 of Russia’s GDP
  • Home to world’s 7th longest metro system
  • Over 200,000 registered small businesses
  • Hosted 12 games at the FIFA World Cup 2018

The mission will be organised with the support of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Russian Embassy, the Russian Trade Delegation, DIT, Moscow Government, Electrogorsk Administration, and Moscow Region East CCI. The trip will focus (not exclusively) on sectors such as pharma, business education, manufacturing, logistics and textiles, with b2b meetings and site visits throughout the week.
When: 28 October – 1 November 2018

Where: from UK to Moscow, Elektrogorsk, Elektrostal, Pavlovsky Posad

Key sectors: Pharma, Education, Manufacturing, Logistics, Textile and Chemical Industries

Estimated cost: £500pp for members, £700pp for non-members, excluding travel (£250 estimate), food (£200 estimate), visas & accommodation (£500-£700 estimate)

To register your interest email Louis Green or call +44 (0) 20 7931 6455


ScotExport 2018


9:00am - 4:00pm

The Technology and Innovation Centre
University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
G1 1RD

Register here

Scotland's flagship international trade event is coming back to Glasgow on 6th November 2018. Early bird registration is available. Book now to secure your place and be kept up-to-date on conference details as they are announced.

Get set
Whether you’re new to exporting or already trading overseas, we’ll help you develop an export plan, research new markets, grasp fresh opportunities and guide you through potential challenges.

Hear from in-country experts, industry leaders and specialist advisers. Meet up in the delegate hub and we’ll help identify potential partners, distributors and agents in your chosen market, plus connect you with up-to-date market intelligence and practical advice.

Go global
The time is now to make the most of live export opportunities worldwide. Whether through support to attend trade shows, market visits or selling online – our team of market experts and advisers can help. Follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s leading and inspiring exporters – hear their motivations, tips and advice for success.

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Multi Sector Market Visit to Spain

11 NOVEMBER 2018 - 15 NOVEMBER 2018

Scottish Development International (SDI) is organising a multi sector market visit to Madrid and Barcelona in November and registrations are now opened.

Spain is the fifth largest economy in the European Union (EU) and now one of the fastest growing in the Eurozone. The population of Spain is about 47 million making it one of the biggest consumer markets in the EU.

Around 1 million British nationals, based mostly in the coastal regions, are permanent or part-time residents. Over 16 million British tourists visit Spain every year.

Benefits for UK businesses exporting to Spain include:

  • entry route to Latin America
  • size of the market
  • English accepted as a business language
  • familiarity with British products and openness to them
  • proximity and availability of flights, including low cost airlines

SDI will support companies attending the market visit with the following:

  • Connect with experts and professionals on the ground, like SDI market specialists, business associations, Department for International Trade, local businesses, accountants, solicitors.
  • Provide market research to support delegates to set up one to one meetings with potential agents, distributors, clients, buyers, partners while in market.
  • Export training prior to the visit to make sure all delegates are market ready and understand the culture, finance, route to market options.
  • Financial funding for 50% flights and accommodation (up to £200) for eligible companies.

Companies are responsible for booking own flights and accommodation. SDI will suggest flights and hotels so the delegation can travel as a group and stay in the same location.


The market visit will be multi sector; however, the following key sectors have been identified as offering good opportunities: 

  • Madrid: Technology and Engineering, Life Sciences, Renewables, Fin Tech (pharma services, digital health, smart grid, data, smart cities)
  • Barcelona: Technology and Engineering, Life Sciences, Creative

Programme (subject to change)

Sunday 11th November - Madrid

  • Arrive in Madrid
  • Informal welcome dinner

Monday 12th November - Madrid

  • Market briefing session
  • One to one company meetings
  • Networking reception

Tuesday 13st November – Madrid / Barcelona

  • Site visit or one to one company meetings
  • Travel to Barcelona by train

Wednesday 14th November - Barcelona

  • Barcelona welcome and market briefing
  • Site visit or one to one company meetings or Smart City Expo
    World Congress 2018
  • Networking receptioN 

Thursday 15th November - Barcelona

  • Site visit or one to one company meetings or Smart City Expo
    World Congress 2018
  • Depart Barcelona

Please contact for more information or to request an application form.


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