Overseas opportunities

Chamber research has shown that more than half of its members (56%) currently export, which is significantly higher than the UK average of a third (32%).

Six out of ten businesses in our region are aiming to grow their sales internationally

We can provide information about opportunities around the world to help achieve this ambition.

Other opportunities:

Webinar - Angola  - A changed business environment is leading to real opportunities for the Scottish Oil and Gas supply chain

Thursday, December 19, 10am - 11.30am

Angola is desperate to increase its oil production after it has fallen dramatically in the last few years. Recovery will come through enhanced oil recovery techniques on its current fields and attracting new investment into 55 new shallow and deepwater blocks. It has also been recognised that over £4bn worth of decommissioning of nearly 600 wells and subsea infrastructure is also another key opportunity for Scottish companies over the next 10 years.

Angola is in a very similar scenario to the North Sea in 2014 and like the operators in UK will have to drive down costs. There is very little indigenous industry, everything must be imported making the cost base very high. Like the UK, Angola has recently installed a new regulator, the ANLG who are very keen to ensure that the right business environment is in place to attract investors and influence collaboration in the supply chain to maximise economic recovery.

The President, João Lourenço has done his bit to introduce new reforms, tackle corruption, regulate banking, de-monopolise the supply chain and after travelling extensively he has adopted lessons learned from other oil producing countries to make the Angolan market more dynamic.

There is now a fantastic opportunity for the Scottish supply chain to bring lessons learned, new technology, digital solutions, low cost decommissioning techniques and processes to support operational optimisation here. There will be dependencies on good finds in the new blocks and the availability of foreign exchange to allow repatriation of profits if companies set up locally.

This webinar aims to demonstrate that Angola has opportunities and the government and new regulator is trying to make it easier for companies to set up and trade.

To register, click here.                                                                                                        

Trade mission to Augsburg and Landshut – w/c February 24, 2020


Inverness Chamber of Commerce is leading a delegation to Augsburg & Landshut with the support of Moray Chamber of Commerce w/c February 24, 2020. This delegation is open to companies across Scotland who are interested in exploring business opportunities in Germany to expand their International Trade activity.

Germany is the UK’s largest export market in Europe and second largest globally after the USA. Since 2009, UK exports to Germany have increased by 21% to £43 billion. Germany offers multiple opportunities across a variety of key sectors, including Food & Drink, Creative Industries, Energy, Financial Services, Forestry and Life Sciences to name a few. 


Contact international@inverness-chamber.co.uk for more information.

SDI trade mission to China – March 2020


Scottish Development International (SDI) is looking to take a small group of specialist companies to China and is currently gauging interest in a small group visit to Beijing / Tianjin in March 2020.


The SDI group would visit The 20th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition  https://en.cippe.com.cn/  but NOT exhibit at the show.


The show takes place Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28 but the mission would only include the Thursday and Friday.


From Monday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 25 SDI hope to meet CNOOC and Sinopec in Beijing and COOEC in Tianjin; sponsor a networking event at the British High Commission and invite key people in the industry. SDI would also look to introduce the companies to potential partners, as well as hold a round table discussion, keynote speeches to an audience of Chinese engineers and plenary and panel discussions. March 26 – 27 would include attendance to the show before flying back to Scotland on March 28.


The key areas of interest to the Chinese companies include:


  • Subsea development - CNOOC
  • Deepwater drilling - CNOOC
  • Decommissioning - CHMI
  • Digitisation – All NOCs
  • FPSO specialist equipment– All NOCs
  • 3rd market support i.e. Africa and Brazil– All NOCs
  • Energy transition– All NOCs


For companies account managed by Scottish Enterprise or Business Gateway then there may be a support grant for travel and accommodation. For those signed up to go we would make introductions to Chinese companies looking to come to Subsea Expo 2020 in Aberdeen in February.


If you are interested in attending the trade mission, please contact Ian Ross at ian.ross@scotent.co.uk no later than January 17, 2020.

Dubai Expo 2020 is a £6bn opportunity for Scottish firms

More than £6bn worth of contracts will be tendered across events, hospitality, security, IT, retail, food and drink and design and creative for the six-month exhibition, which runs from October 2020 to April 2021. Opportunities will arise for developers, contractors, consultants and product solutions in a vast range of sectors - IT, engineering, design, innovation, logistics, tourism, events, overlay packages, security, food and drink, and energy efficiency being just some.

Dubai Expo 2020 is built on a 438 hectare site and is expected to attract 25m visitors over its six month duration. Projects relating to delivering the event are expected to be in the region of $33bn. Expo 2020 announced 20 per cent of all budget would be spent with small and medium enterprises, and to support this, the Expo 2020 team have set up an online portal for companies to submit procurement tenders. 

Please contact the Scottish Development International Expo 2020 Dubai team for futher information or visit the below links

Expo Procurement:



UK Pavilion Opportunities: