A representative from Scottish Development International
Ryan Pugh, Volunteer Business Support Associate , Challenges Worldwide
An increasingly globalised world needs companies to have a workforce with an international outlook.
Challenges Worldwide as a wealth of experience in helping businesses, with one successful method being the placement of young people into a business overseas.
Currently working across Sub – Saharan Africa, these young professionals return to the UK with international, hands-on and capacity building experience that has allowed them to become effective employees in their respective fields.
Working in partnership with SDI and Scotgrad, Challenges Worldwide helps to internationalise businesses with these young professionals who have first-hand experience in international business environments.
Ryan Pugh joins us to talk about his experience of a 12-week placement in Zambia through Challenges Worldwide and International Citizen Service (ICS), the difference he made to the business, as well as some unexpected additional benefits to the local community.
Scotgrad helps businesses grow through graduate staff who are part-funded by the Scottish Government.
Challenges Worldwide has particularly extensive experience in Ghana and with the Chamber and SDI’s growing relationship with multiple Ghanaian businesses and governmental bodies, now is the time to become involved.
Join us to discover how your business can benefit from this project, and tap into this valuable source of global talent.
Thinking of Exporting but not sure how to get started?
Are you a first time exporter looking for one-to-one advice?
The Exporting is GREAT Roadshow is coming to a city near you
Sign up for workshops, one-to-one meetings with experts and advice from companies who are already successfully selling abroad.
Launch event , Glasgow – Monday 29 February
Glasgow – Tuesday 1 March
Aberdeen – Wednesday 2 March
Dundee – Thursday 3 March
Edinburgh – Friday 4 March
Research shows that exporters, of all sizes, are more productive, innovative and resilient to economic downturns. As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for Scottish businesses to reach out to new customers and lucrative new international markets has never been greater.
Exporting is GREAT will showcase live export opportunities, and provide advice and support to help your business begin exporting. Every day around the world, someone somewhere wants or needs your product or service. The demand is out there. You could be too.
Export Hub tour
Exporting is GREAT’s Export Hub – a mobile flexible events space – is travelling the length and breadth of the UK giving face-to-face support and guidance to first-time exporters, using the latest technology to connect businesses with export opportunities.
As the Export Hub makes its way around Scotland – 29 February to 4 March – regional staff from UKTI, Scottish Enterprise and Exporting is GREAT partners will be on hand to engage and support Scottish companies at a local level.
Also you will find Challenges Worldwide staff and volunteers at the launch event giving insight into how we have seen export work for the businesses we support in Africa and how businesses can harness the power of young people to make a change for a brighter tomorrow.
Grab some time away from the office to come and chat with trade and market experts. Get practical advice on all aspects of doing business overseas, including:
Market insights and live opportunities
Market entry essentials
How to research and analyse your target market
How to innovate your business and start selling internationally
How to use international ecommerce to maximise your digital reach
International banking, freight and logistics
And much more
Two meeting rooms will offer more private areas for consultations, with specialist advisers and refreshment facilities available.
Large screens throughout the truck will highlight market opportunities and next steps you can take for your business.
Exporting is GREAT Scotland launch
Come along to our launch event at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow on 29 February.
Hear Scottish business leaders – including Andrea Pozzi, Managing Director International, Tennents (C&C Group) and Jim Stewart, Managing Director, Clicknetherfield – share their exporting experiences and advice.
There’ll be plenty of opportunities meet specialist advisers, network with like-minded companies and access live sales leads from across the world.