Professor Gary McEwan, Elevator chief executive

Professor Gary McEwan, Elevator chief executive

Elevator, one of Scotland’s leading business support organisations, strengthens ambitious growth strategy as it announces significant contract award from Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.

Elevator will support SDI with its International e-Trade Framework, delivering worldwide training and one-to-one advice to businesses across Scotland who aspire to trade internationally. The contract, which commenced in June, will run for two years with a possible extension for a further two years.

In addition, the support organisation will run networking events to coordinate international business support initiatives aimed at increasing international growth knowledge and business-to-business networking opportunities.

Professor Gary McEwan, Elevator chief executive, said: “This contract is of great strategic importance to us. It comes at an opportune time and signifies our strong commitment to support businesses as they look to identify new opportunities in this fast-growing sector.

“We have a solid relationship with SDI, previously working together to stage international events where we have witnessed first-hand the appetite SMEs have for international support. Now is the time to harness these synergies; to increase the range and scale of support available for international e-commerce and generate new opportunities for those with ambitious growth plans.”

Neil Francis, director of Global Trade at SDI, said: “International trade and investment will play an integral role in our efforts to reset and restart Scotland’s economy following the impact of COVID-19.

“There has been an exponential growth in the e-commerce sector during the period of lockdown. This trend is likely to continue, so we need to support companies across Scotland develop their digital capabilities to ensure they can take advantage of future online trading opportunities.

“Only a collaborative approach will allow us to kickstart the economy and deliver the inclusive growth we all want to see. SDI looks forward to working in partnership with Elevator as we support the global ambitions of businesses in Scotland.”