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Applications Open for Market Visit to Italy

15-Nov-2018 3:38 PM | Kimberley White

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.

Why Italy?

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:

Modern infrastructure

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.

Sector opportunities

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.

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