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Scotland-wide Networking

SCDI’s events programme gives you the opportunity to inform and influence key decision makers, make new business contacts and raise your corporate profile. With access to fully developed networks in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, your organisation will be able to build sustainable working relations for business growth. Uniquely, SCDI is the only business organisation in Scotland which provides members with the opportunity to engage in over 100 networking events per annum free of charge – events range from Members’ Lunches, Influencers’ Dinners, Business Seminars, Business Breakfasts, Meet the MP/MSP/MEP. The membership team is active in helping members make introductions at these events to encourage dialogue, share experiences and trade opportunities.


Public Policy & Government Affairs

Government policy impacts upon all organisations directly or indirectly. As a result, there is an increasing demand to gain access and knowledge of policy development and change for business planning. SCDI members are regularly informed of policy consultations and given the opportunity to influence policy decisions with the support of our Policy Team. To ensure members have direct access to government affairs SCDI delivers the Meet the Politician programme throughout Scotland.


International Business Development

With 50 years experience in International Trade, SCDI is one of the leading organisations supporting export trade throughout Scotland. As a member you will be able to access trade missions, gain in-country knowledge through regular market briefings, and gain advice for government assistance and business contacts.  Grants are available to participating organisations to help offset the costs of travel.


Education Business Links

SCDI coordinates over 360 Young Engineers and Science Clubs across Scotland, involving 4,000 pupils and students, to inspire and develop Young people’s interest in science, engineering and technology.  We foster working links between schools, colleges and local organisations.  As a member you could benefit through participation or sponsorship.  In doing so you will enhance your community image, aid employee learning, and attract an enthused pool of talent.  Member organisations often like to partner with a local school to enhance their community links.   Visit  for more information.


Sub-groups and Committees

Opportunities to participate in advisory groups and committees so that the voice of your company and/or sector has a wider audience. SCDI has an International Business Committee, Highlands & Islands Committee, North East Committee, Board & Executive Committee and provides secretariat to the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED)


Sponsorship & Event Organisation

Increase awareness of your brand and target specific sectors of the corporate community through sponsorship of our events. Promote your brand and transfer knowledge by sponsoring the delivery of a business seminar or hosting an event.  SCDI will provide full administration including the sourcing of venues, assembling speakers, audience recruitment and co-ordination of the event.  Members’ have gained new business, increased brand reach and improved organisational profile through sponsoring or delivering events within the SCDI network.



Promote your organisation, its services or your corporate events/courses by placing a banner or feature ad on SCDI’s website homepage.  Place a “Members’ Marketing Message” in SCDI’s members’ newsletter (SCDeye) reaching over 3,200 business contacts.


Business Information

Receive regular updates on business news and economic trends through POINTER, e-publications and policy papers.  Access to research and survey work including the Survey of International Activity in the Oil & Gas Sector.



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  Members' feedback:

“SCDI always features on our must-do corporate calendar.”


“We are proud to be co-sponsors of the Gala Dinner.  I do believe your award ceremony is the most enjoyable and well-organised of all the dinners we attend in the year.”

“Scotland’s Energy Future was a   fantastic opportunity to look at how we meet the global demand for sustainable energy and support economic growth.”

“The SCDI Forum was excellent, the individual speakers and workshops all worked well in supporting the overall theme. Very reflective.”

“An efficient transport system is vital…. SCDI’s policy submissions and involvement in the key transport forums ensures that this message is being properly highlighted to government.
"I was at another excellent SCDI event in Aberdeen  - Nick Clegg MP, UK Leader, Liberal Democrats was the key speaker. You guys do a great job!!"
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