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22 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013


From left: Nick Boland, Amber Road, Craig Davidson, Edrington, Sue Wright, Exporter Services, Richard Muir, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Trevor Charnley, Moneycorp


A Glasgow Chamber of Commerce international trade event debunks the export myths G

lasgow Chamber of Commerce hosted a major international trade event in August

focused on debunking the myths of exporting. Te event, the first of what will

be regular major international trade events in Glasgow Chamber’s annual calendar, was atended by more than 80 delegates and featured more than 20 exhibition stands. Representatives from

businesses that are already exporting and those thinking of exporting heard a series of expert presentations on key issues around selling goods or services overseas. Te presentations and the exhibition on the day were divided into four themes – money, markets, skills and challenges. Te event heard from Craig Davidson, Director of Logistics

and Customer Service at Edrington Group and Sue Wright of Exporter Services which provides international trade training and support services to the Glasgow Chamber. Nick Boland, Director of

Business Solutions Europe, Middle East and Africa for Amber Road, a provider of global trade management solutions that aim to improve the performance of global supply chains for importers and exporters and logistics providers and carriers gave a keynote speech at the event. Mr Boland said: “Tere is a

wealth of tools and assets available for international trade, but how we go about publicising those is another mater.” He said: “Te stats for

international trade bear careful examination. Tere is clearly

something happening here. But we need to spread the message further and get more businesses involved in trading overseas.” Richard Muir, Deputy Chief

Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Te event was very well received and we were delighted about the interest shown and the positive comments aſter the event. “As Glasgow Chamber

celebrates its 230th anniversary, it was an important reminder to us of the importance of international trade throughout Chamber history and today. “We need to celebrate the best

of our exporting businesses, but also challenge all of our member businesses, indeed all of us, to do more to build our export base. “At the moment, 30 per cent of Glasgow Chamber member

businesses export – we want to see that figure become much greater. “We have some incredible

member businesses that we can learn from – as Keith Cochrane outlined in our recent Glasgow Talk, 90 per cent of the Weir Group is based overseas. “We must take inspiration

from and learn from achievements like theirs and Edrington Group which we heard from at the international trade event. “We want that August event to

be the first of an annual series, acting as a focal point in the year for all the work in training and events and support services that Glasgow Chamber provides in exporting. We hope you will all support the event and the drive for all of us to increase our exports and help rebalance our economy.”

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