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Multi-sector market visit to Switzerland

Basel, Zurich and Bern, 11-14 June 2019

Registration open

Explore opportunities for your business on this multi-sector market visit to Switzerland. Registration is now open for support to join our Scottish delegation.

Why Switzerland?

Bilateral trade between the UK and Switzerland is worth over £31.9 billion a year. The business links between Switzerland and the UK are extremely strong, with more than 80 flights per day linking the UK with Switzerland. 

The benefits for UK businesses exporting to Switzerland include:

  • Favourable exchange rate
  • Short flight times
  • English widely spoken
  • Multicultural market suitable for product testing
  • Europe’s highest per capita income
  • Similar legal and regulatory environment

The strengths of the Swiss market

Unlike other markets which have seen stability or decline, UK goods and services exports to Switzerland grew by 130% in the last 5 years.

The strengths of the Swiss market include:

  • Central location in Europe
  • Political and financial stability
  • Excellent public infrastructure
  • Highly educated workforce
  • High productivity
  • Innovative country with high spend on R&D and technology
  • Purchasing power amongst the world’s highest
  • Reliable business, legal and regulatory environment
  • Low VAT compared to many EU countries

Market visit support

Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of Scotland's enterprise agencies, will support companies attending before, during and after the market visit with the following:

  • Connect with experts and professionals on the ground, such as SDI market specialists, business associations, Department for International Trade (DIT), local businesses, accountants, solicitors
  • Provide market research to support delegates to set up one to one meetings with potential agents, distributors, clients, buyers, partners while in market
  • Export training prior to the visit to make sure you are market ready and understand the culture, finance, route to market options
  • Financial funding for 50% flights and accommodation (up to £200) for eligible companies. Companies are responsible for booking own flights and accommodation. However, we'll suggest flights and hotels for you, so the delegation can travel as a group and stay in the same location.

Sector opportunities

The market visit will be multi sector. However, the following sectors have been identified by the SDI field team as offering good opportunities:

  • Digital Agencies, including media, fintech and media tech
  • Life sciences, including pharma services, biotech (in contract/research/manufacturing)

The programme

* Subject to change *

Tuesday 11 June - Basel and Zurich
  • Transfer to Basel
  • Lunch
  • Market briefing in Basel
  • Transfer to Zurich
  • Delegates welcome dinner
Wednesday 12 June - Zurich
  • Site visits in Zurich
  • One-to-one business meetings in Zurich
  • Free evening in Zurich
Thursday 13 June - Bern
  • Transfer to Bern
  • One-to-one meeting or site visit
  • Networking reception: Queen’s birthday party at the Ambassador’s Residence, Bern

Friday 14 June - return to Scotland
  • Transfer to Basel airport
  • Depart Basel airport / flight back to Edinburgh

Register your interest

Contact kristell.clunie@scotent.co.uk for more information or to request an application form.

Deadline for applications is Monday 4 March 2019.

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