Encouraging businesses to explore the opportunities available through exporting and international trade is a fundamental part of what the Scottish Chambers of Commerce network do.

As part of the wider International Trade Partnership (ITP) Programme run by Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Scottish Government, Inverness Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be hosting a Scotland-Canada Business Week event in partnership with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce in February 2022.

With support from the Scottish North American Business Council, this event will involve two consecutive virtual trade missions, enabling Scottish companies to explore business opportunities in Ontario and British Columbia. Attendees will have access to market awareness workshops as well as learning about the tax and legal implications of doing business in Canada, networking opportunities and pre-arranged B2B meetings based on each company’s objectives.

An inclusive, well-connected and stable business landscape makes Canada an attractive environment for Scottish companies to do business. As Canada’s business and financial capital, Toronto is a growing financial hub in North America. In addition to FinTech, the city is also competitive in almost every other sector, from technology and life sciences to green energy; from fashion and design to food and drink; and from film and television production to music and digital media.

As well as having the chance to explore Ontario, businesses can also opt to attend the virtual mission to British Columbia which has one of North America’s most competitive, flexible and supportive business climates, making it an ideal location to start a business or expand existing operations. A stable, welcoming government has streamlined regulations and developed a competitive tax regime, which combined with a dependable legal system and top-ranked quality of life makes British Columbia an optimal location for business opportunities in North America.

Scotland-Canada Business Week is open to any business across Scotland interested in exploring Ontario or British Columbia, regardless of their size, sector or whether they are a member of a Chamber of Commerce or not.

The value of virtual trade missions should not be underestimated as they provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to explore new markets and showcase products and services to stakeholders and prospective clients without the associated expense of travel and accommodation.

Relationships can be established virtually in the first instance, allowing both parties to fully understand the proposition and potential opportunities before committing to travelling to the market. We cannot emphasise the value of virtual trade missions enough and would encourage the Scottish business community to get involved.

All missions being run by the Scottish Chamber of Commerce network are listed in full on the Export Hub Scotland Portal – www.exporthubscotland.com/missions.aspx

For more information or to apply, please email international@inverness-chamber.co.uk