Aberdeen the focus of export inquiry visit


Businesses in Aberdeen will today be asked for their experience in exporting goods and services to the rest of the world by MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the barriers to exporting faced by Scottish businesses and is examining why so many Scottish businesses don’t export. The Committee’s Inquiry will also ask if the Scottish Government is likely to meet their export target of increasing the value of exports by 50 per cent by 2017.  

Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser MSP said:  

“Gathering the views of business and hearing directly from companies about the challenges faced when exporting is vital to this inquiry and determining what further support can be given. 

“The Committee is particularly interested in understanding the role of our publicly funded economic development agencies and identifying what else they can do to support companies to export or to share knowledge and expertise in overseas markets.” 

The visit, organised by the Aberdeen and Grampian Chambers of Commerce, will be an opportunity for businesses who are linked to the oil industry, to give their views on what more could be done to encourage businesses to export. 

The Chamber, which is UK Chamber of the Year, will also inform the Committee on the role that they play in providing support to their members to export and engage in new overseas markets.

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