Media Release: Shetland businesses interested in doing business in Europe invited to free seminar

SHETLAND businesses with an interest in growing and doing business in Europe are invited to a free lunchtime seminar at Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Tuesday June 8.

Enterprise Europe Scotland, whose services are provided in the Highlands and Islands by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Highland Opportunity Ltd, are hosting the Routes to European Markets seminar in an effort to develop further potentially lucrative trading links with our European neighbours.

Jill Fryer, of Ledingham Chalmers LLP, will discuss the legalities of partnering in Europe, while the local Enterprise Europe Scotland representatives will provide an overview of all the tools at their disposal to assist companies in sourcing agents, distributors, collaborative partners and the business information required to find the best way into specific markets.

“European markets are potentially extremely lucrative for local businesses and they are right on our doorstep,” said Fiona Paton, senior development manager with Enterprise Europe Scotland.

“This seminar aims to help businesses in Shetland recognise what markets would be best for them, as well as covering some of the legal issues involved. We want our businesses to get the most out of trading in Europe and I would urge any who are currently considering breaking into new European markets to come along and see if we can help.”

The free seminar is being held at Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick on Tuesday June 8 from 12 pm to 2pm.

Enterprise Europe staff will also be available to meet with businesses on an individual basis.

Any local business interested should contact Enterprise Europe Scotland on: 01463 715400 or Email

Businesses can also book online at

Notes to Editor

About HIE

HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas.

HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients by creating close working relationships in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore Gross Value Added (GVA) in the HIE area.

HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

The region covered by HIE takes in more than half of Scotland, and is home to around 440,000 people.

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Enterprise Europe Scotland supports Scottish businesses in becoming more competitive and innovative in Europe.

Our team of experienced specialists provide fast, pragmatic and relevant assistance on any European business matter.

We can assist your business by:

-   Providing information and practical advice on market opportunities, European legislation and policies relevant to your company or sector.
–   Finding suitable business partners using our business and technology cooperation databases and we provide information and opportunities for international networking.
–   Providing alerts to Scottish companies about contract opportunities in the public sector which are tailored to their specific area of business.

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