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1 May 2012
Embargo: For Immediate Release


Glasgow-based SME’s are set to benefit from new orders of almost £3 million following SCDI’s recent successful trade visit to Chicago and New York.

Following the visit, which took place during Scotland Week in April, 12 diverse Glasgow-based companies anticipate £2,700,000 worth of orders in the next year, building on the £1 million of business during the 2011 trade visit to Toronto & New York.

The visit was led by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter who also led the 2011 visit.

The Lord Provost, Bob Winter said: “The trade trip has proved a big success and I know everyone involved is thrilled with their orders. The overall success of this visit demonstrates the quality of the companies involved. Chicago and Glasgow have historical and cultural ties as well as common economic interests. I am delighted about the business friendships we have forged and look forward to further strengthening our joint economic interests.”

SCDI’s International Director, Jane Gotts said: “The USA is Scotland’s single largest market and innovative and creative companies are well placed to take advantage of the improving economic climate. The success achieved demonstrates that small to medium sized companies with international ambitions can succeed. We are delighted with the outcomes the visit and look forward to continuing work with companies in the City to achieve their international ambitions”.

Andy Scott, a Glasgow based Sculptor and Public Artist, is one of the companies who found the American market lucrative for his business as his sculptures have just been accepted for the prestigious 2012/13 Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Exhibition.

Andy Scott, Andy Scott Public Art said: “I am thrilled that my sculptures of ‘The Kelpies’ have been accepted to the open air exhibition in Chicago. The visit opened opportunities which would have otherwise been very difficult. This could be a key market for us in the future”.

Iona Crawford is an upcoming Glasgow based fashion designer who has been described by British Vogue as ‘the one to watch’. The launch of Iona’s ‘Timeless Elegance Autumn/Winter’ collection was received with celebrated success throughout the USA.

Iona Crawford said: “The visit to the USA was extremely valuable for my company. I was able to benefit from the increased exposure of Scotland Week throughout the visit, and managed to undertake and realise a host of valuable business opportunities which continue to boost my company's international trading power in the USA and beyond”.

Paul Simmons from Timorous Beasties, producers of luxury textiles and wallpaper, also found the American market well suited for their company.

Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties said: “This trade visit was a great business experience, and successful on all fronts. Through participating in this visit we hope to generate new business and strengthen our links with our USA customers. The USA is currently our strongest export market and we expect sales to increase in the coming year”.


Note to editors

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and the third sector.

SCDI has a long history in delivering successful trade visits for Scottish businesses operating at every level and within almost every sector of the economy. This visit is one of a series organised in partnership with Glasgow City Council.

The visit to the USA is the latest in SCDI’s schedule of trade visits which have been running since 1960. SCDI believes increasing the value of Scotland's exports is key to delivering future economic growth. In SCDI’s Blueprint for Scotland, the organisation sets the ambitious target of doubling the value of Scotland’s exports within the next decade.

Participants in the Chicago and New York visit were:

Airlink Asset Management LTD
Andy Scott Public Art
China Club HQ
Cloch Solicitors
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
High Voltage Instruments
Iona Crawford
Original Skin Co.
PFP International
Randak Design Consultants
Timorous Beasties

For further information please contact:

Jane Gotts
International Director
Scottish Council for Development and Industry

0141 222 9723
Mobile: 077380 10926



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