Explore opportunities for your business on a five-day multi-sector market visit with Scottish Enterprise to Milan and Turin. Registration is now open for support to join the Scottish delegation.
Italy has one of the largest economies in the European Union (EU). The population of Italy is about 60 million, making it one of the biggest consumer markets in the EU.
The benefits for UK businesses exporting to Italy include:
European Union (EU) market, so no tariffs
Similar regulatory framework to UK and modern intellectual property protection practices
Appreciation for British professional services and technologies and quality consumer goods
Easy access from the UK with low-cost flights from several regional airports
Only one hour ahead of UK time
The strengths of the Italian market include:
High level of internationalisation and entrepreneurship, with fully integrated supply chains
Strong manufacturing and innovation capability in several areas
Gateway to Mediterranean and Middle East markets, where the lifting of Iranian sanctions could increase exports by 3 billion Euros over the next 4 years
Hosts many trade exhibitions with global appeal
One of the world’s highest rates of household wealth
One of the world’s top 5 tourist destinations
Market visit support
Scottish Enterprise will support companies attending before, during and after the market visit with the following:
Connect with experts and professionals on the ground, such as Scottish Development International (SDI) market specialists, business associations, Department for International Trade (DIT), 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. However, we'll suggest flights and hotels for you 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 by SDI field team as offering good opportunities for our companies:
Textiles (fashion and interiors)
Food and drink (craft beer, craft whisky and gin, traditional Scottish seafood and salmon, traditional Scottish diary products, organic and natural products, free-from products)
Technology and advanced engineering (space, automation, robotics, advanced engineering and digital manufacturing, machinery, and their supply chains)
There is also an opportunity for textiles companies to visit Milanounica, Milan (5-7 February 2019), the 28th edition of the international trade show for the world of textiles, for high-quality apparel and accessories both for men and women.
Register your interest
Contact Nicola.Reynolds@scotent.co.uk for more information or to request an application form.
Deadline for applications is Monday 17 December 2018.