free exporting advice for Ayrshire businesses

Local companies can access free export advice when the Exporting is GREAT tour makes its second visit to Scotland and stops off at Prestwick Airport on Friday 26 August.

Businesses from Ayrshire will also be able to hear from experienced exporters and arrange one-on-one meetings with export advisers by booking a free place via the website below.

The Export Hub is a UK Government initiative backed by the UK Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and companies which wish to attend can book online at http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/exporthubtour

Scottish Enterprise and South Ayrshire Council have worked together to bring the truck to the area. After it visits Prestwick Airport, it will move on to Cairndow, the Isle of Skye, Inverness, Forres, Perthshire and Fife.

Craig Johnstone, CEO & Founder at Ayrshire-based Giglets Education said: “We’ve been exporting our EdTech platform, The Learning Cloud, to overseas markets including the Middle East, Australia and Western Europe since 2015.

“Getting started in exporting was much easier than we had anticipated, and it has helped our business grow over 2 years and predicted to contribute to 5% of our revenue this year. We have found that exposure to international markets has helped us build a strong global mindset and increase our ambition as we’ve become more and more used to international trade.

“We have developed new ideas and been able to continue employing people in the local area because we have interests across a range of markets. We’ve got a long way to go but I highly recommend that companies in Scotland at least find out more about exporting – we haven’t looked back since we did.”

Neil Francis, Director of International Operations for Scottish Enterprise, said: “Over 11,000 companies in Scotland have taken their businesses to the next level through exporting, which is much more straightforward than many initially believe.

“Whatever the size or nature of your business, exporting can offer untold opportunities if approached in the right way. Scotland already exports £27.5bn worth of goods and services all over the world, but there is plenty of room to increase this and I encourage anyone who’s even remotely interested in learning more to join us at the road show and explore the options.”

Scotland Office Minister Lord Dunlop said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Scottish firms to get the support they need to start exporting and grow their businesses. The Exporting is GREAT road show is taking the message to businesses right across Scotland that the demand for their products and services is there, as is the help they need to make exporting happen. It is a great example of the UK and Scottish governments working together for businesses in Scotland.”

Businesses are being invited to sign up to attend events on the tour. The Export Hub will be in the following locations on the following dates:

· 23 August: Blacksmiths Shop, Visitor Centre, Gretna Green, Scotland

· 26 August: Prestwick Airport

· 29 August: Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndow

· 31 August: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye

· 2 September: HIE, Inverness Campus, Inverness

· 5 September: HIE, Horizon Scotland, Forres

· 7 September: St Johnstone Football Club, Perthshire

· 8 September: University of St Andrews, Fife

Companies who would like to attend the tour can book their space, by visiting: http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/exporthubtour