Internationalising Scottish Business



To understand the challenges and opportunities faced by Scotland’s exporters and aspiring exporters, and to assess the extent to which Scottish and UK Government services effectively assist Scottish firms to achieve their full exporting potential.


The Committee held its inquiry into Internationalising Scottish Business between November 2014 and March 2015. It wanted to understand the opportunities and challenges faced by Scotland’s existing and aspiring exporters. The Committee published its report on 13 May 2015.

Read the Committee's report.

The Committee received the Scottish Government's response on 19 August 2015. Read the Scottish Government response (2.41MB pdf).

The Committee held a debate in the Chamber on Thursday 10 September.

Read the Official Report of the debate on 10 September 2015


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on Friday 28 November 2014. The deadline for written submissions was Friday 16 January 2015. The Committee sought views about the support available from the Scottish Government through Scottish Development International (SDI), Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and from the UK Government via UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

 The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee conducted a separate but related inquiry into ‘Freight transport in Scotland’. The remit of that inquiry was:

 “To identify and understand some of the challenges facing the freight transport industry in Scotland, including domestic and international links as well as the interconnectivity of air, sea, rail and road freight services and to identify key areas for development, improvement and change.”

As our inquiries looked at complementary issues you may also want to review the evidence sent to the ICI Committee.

The Committee appointed Jane Gotts, Director of International Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University, as its adviser for the inquiry.


The Committee published its report on 13 May 2015. 

Additional Information

As part of its inquiry, the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee engaged with business representatives during visits to Grangemouth and Aberdeen and through participation in an overseas trade mission to Saudi-British Energy week.

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