You see the snapshots on Reporting Scotland – enterprising Scottish Companies who have just landed major contracts in far flung places like Dubai, the USA or Brazil.
By Dorothy Henke, Business Adviser, Business Gateway Clackmannanshire
Historically most small businesses never envisage themselves being able to sell abroad due to the perception that exporting is not only scary but expensive. However, major initiatives, run by Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI), are helping to show SMEs that whilst that first step into exporting can be challenging it needn’t be scary.
For those looking into exporting, SDI services are delivered on a free or subsidised basis to businesses and individuals based across Scotland. The initiative is for those who are new to exporting or wish to develop their exporting skills and knowledge further. Businesses and Individuals can access free export support through export trade advisors, training and workshops, market awareness events and roadshows. There are also online learning tools, factsheets and a national helpline to address exporting needs.
If you are interested in exporting, the first port of call is to speak to Business Gateway where an adviser will discuss your options. As your business grows there is more intensive support available from SDI who can be help with attending trade missions and exciting initiatives like Tartan Week in New York or help with translation of websites and literature.
There is a huge world out there. Scotland’s reputation for innovation and quality is second to none. Take advantage of the help on offer – it may be the best business decision you ever make. For more information on small business exporting call Business Gateway Clackmannanshire on 01259 726430.