Media Release: Aberdeen-Norway Gateway celebrates business links


A MAJOR business event linking two of Europe’s leading energy hubs has announced significant expansion for its return this month.

In 2014 and 2015, Aberdeen-based Granite PR hosted the Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway to celebrate the links between these key European energy hubs and sister cities.

This year, the decision has been taken to significantly expand the annual event to embrace even more of the opportunities presented throughout Norway, including Arctic regions.

The 2016 Aberdeen-Norway Gateway, managed by Business Plus Scotland, is a joint initiative with the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) which celebrates its 110th birthday this year.

On June 14th, the event will bring together speakers who will impart their knowledge and extensive experience of doing business on both sides of the North Sea during a lunchtime event at Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel.

The session will be chaired by Francis Kiernan CEO at ABIS (Holdings) Energy Services Ltd and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers including:

  • James Crawford, Wood Group PSN
  • Alfie Cheyne, ACE Winches
  • Guy Bromby, ThinJack Ltd
  • Leif Johan Sevland, ONS Exhibition, Conference, Festival
  • Steve Mitchell, Anderson Anderson Brown
  • Lise Dean, Widerøe’s Flyveselskap A.S
  • Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam
  • Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal

New for this year is the addition of a second day of activities at on June 15th at Kippie Lodge Sports & Country Club, Milltimber, when the focus will fall on showcasing companies and organisations from both sides of the North Sea thanks to an exhibition.

Commenting on plans for the 2016 Aberdeen-Norway Gateway, Granite PR managing director and event creator, Brett Jackson, said: “The name of the event may have evolved but its fundamental aim remains to both educate and inspire in equal measure, as well as providing an important springboard for creating and consolidating links between businesses operating in these locations and seeking to increase their global presence.

“Creating, fostering and developing international business links remains critically important as we continue to the face challenges presented by a lower oil price.

“Exploring ways to collaborate and the wealth of potential opportunities here and in Norway is an exciting prospect for many businesses, including our own, and we look forward to sharing this with supporters, exhibitors, speakers and delegates.”

Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce president, Sidsel Ostad Halvorsen, added: “NBCC is celebrating 110 years this year, reflecting on a history of trade between these two countries including the commercial ties that have developed through fluctuating conditions, through boom and slump, through war and peace.

“Britain is still Norway’s largest trading partner. Oil and gas have naturally become by far the most important Norwegian export product, but a number of small and medium-sized enterprises in both countries ensure that the range of commodities exchanged between the UK and Norway is broader than the trade with most other countries.”

The Aberdeen-Norway Gateway 2016 is supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, ACE Winches, Anderson Anderson Brown, Energy Voice, Greater Stavanger, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, ONS, Press & Journal, SDI, Skene Business Centres, Skene House HotelSuites, ThinJack, Widerøe’s Flyveselskap A.S, Wood Group PSN.

To find out more or to book a place, contact event managers Business Plus Scotland email or call (01651) 891374.


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