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Business webinars

Our free business webinars provide insights on key topics and opportunities to grow your business. Watch live or on playback.

The Future World of Work

The COVID-19 crisis has created huge disruption for business; and as restrictions have eased, fresh challenges will emerge. Yet to focus solely on the current pandemic-related disruption is to miss the longer-term trends, and greater opportunities, around the world of work.

Tuesday 29 September, 10-11am

Get ready for 2021: Trading in the post transition world

The end of the Brexit transition period is approaching and preparations are underway for the changes in 2021. Aimed at Scottish importers and exporters, Kevin Shakespeare from the Institute of Export will talk about trading with the EU, tariffs and rules of origin, customs procedures and documentation and more about what you must do to prepare.

Friday 2 October, 11-12pm

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Scotland's Games Ecosystem and Commercial Opportunity Areas

This webinar will be suited to any games or related sector company from the UK or Ireland. The presenters will be covering different topics like the Scottish games ecosystem, their experience of operating in Scotland, the attractiveness of Scotland for games companies to establish a base, the availability of funding and support, collaboration opportunities, skills base and academic links.

Tuesday 6 October, 2:30-3:30pm

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Benelux Food & Drink Insight Market Webinar

This webinar is an insight on the Food & Drink market in Benelux. Whatever your involvement with food and drink, however large or small your business, this webinar can help you: find out which markets suit your business best, help you understand how each market operates and connect you to the networks that will help you make the most of them.

Thursday 8 October, 10-11am

The Energy Sector in the Middle East - Insights from GlobalScots

This webinar is targeted at energy companies interested in discovering more about doing business in the Middle East. Join our expert panel of GlobalScots who will be sharing their experiences of the region, and providing an update on the current market situation. The session will include a Q&A session and questions can be submitted in advance.

Wednesday 7 October, 12-1pm

Five steps to Lean in a COVID-19 world

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty in the workplace, this webinar will provide an overview of how to introduce and maintain continuous improvement techniques with physical distancing, to help you continue to operate effectively, efficiently and safely. The webinar is aimed at the manufacturing sector, but the learning will apply to any business needing to improve its processes to become more efficient. 

Thursday 8 October, 2:30-3:30pm

Food and Drink Opportunities in South East Asia’s Emerging Markets

This webinar will look at South East Asia's emerging markets, an overview for each market, trends and opportunities in food and drink in the emerging markets and a Q&A. This webinar is aimed at Scottish food and drink companies looking at the Asia region for new export opportunities.

Friday 9 October, 10-11am

Employing talent from Europe and beyond: what's changing in January 2021 and how this impacts current tier 2 licence holders

With the imminent changes to the UK immigration system as a result of Brexit, the aim of this webinar is to inform companies who already have a sponsor licence on what is changing once free movement of people ends. This 60 minute webinar is aimed at Scottish based SMEs. The webinar will be led by TalentScotland and supported by their immigration specialists Brodies LLP

Wednesday 14 October, 10-11am


Diversity and Inclusion in the Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Join Scottish Enterprise, the Powerful Women and our panel of industry experts and we discuss diversity and inclusion in Offshore Wind. 

Thursday 15 October, 10-11am

Hong Kong Food & Drink Market Update

The total value of food and drink direct exports to Hong Kong increased by 12% in 2019. In which, Scotch whisky rose by 28%, fresh & chilled salmon up 9% , and other seafood increased by 20%. In-market food and drink specialists Pasco & Yvette will give latest updates on the overall market development, especially seafood and meat sub-sectors.

Friday 16 October, 9:30-10:30am

Five steps to Lean in a COVID-19 world

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty in the workplace, this webinar will provide an overview of how to introduce and maintain continuous improvement techniques with physical distancing, to help you continue to operate effectively, efficiently and safely. The webinar is aimed at the manufacturing sector, but applicable to other businesses.

Monday 19 October, 2:30-3:30pm

FISS (Funding Information Support Service) offering support and information to businesses on how best to access funding.

FISS (Funding Information Support Service) endeavours to deliver Sectorial Series Webinars, around external funding. It will offer support and information to our businesses, on how best to access external funding relevant to their field. We will have guest appearances from Funding Specialists from our partner agencies to help deliver the key messages.

Wednesday 21 October, 10:30-11:30

How to Sell Premium Seafood Products to China Market

The seafood sector is hit hard in terms of export during COVID-19 and we have seen rapidly changing consumer behaviours in China as the country is recovering from the pandemic now. We'll be joined by speakers from both the Imported Food Association and Sea Bridge - one of the largest seafood marketing agencies in China.

Thursday 22 October, 9.30-10.30am

European Offshore Wind Market Update – Poland

This webinar will look at familiarizing Scottish offshore wind supply chain companies with actual stage of offshore wind market development, project pipelines, business opportunities and help them identify right customers.

Wednesday 28 October, 11:30-12:30pm


Financial Readiness Webinar

Are you a start-up company about to embark on your first fundraising campaign? Or you are considering your next move should it be debt or equity to fund it? How do you get Funder ready? Need advice on Bank funding available and any COVID-19 funding questions? This webinar is for you!

Wednesday 28 October, 3-4pm


Updated economic forecast for the Global Economy-with emphasis on the UK and Europe

 The Covid-19 Pandemic’s impact on the global economy is unprecedented in modern times. On this webinar we will be joined by The Conference Board and we'll share with you the scale of the decline of the global economy and what you need to be thinking about in terms of how businesses will recover.

Thursday 29 October, 10-11am

Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

The 10 nations of Southeast Asia have committed to generating 23% of their primary energy from renewable sources by 2025, as energy demand is forecast to rise by 50% over the same period. This represents a significant opportunity for Scottish developers and supply chain companies looking to expand their technologies and services to this region.

Friday 30 October, 9.30-10.30am

Embedding COVID compliance in a manufacturing setting

This webinar is open to anyone from across the manufacturing supply chain. Hosted by SMAS, this webinar will feature Roddy MacKenzie and John Harris from Catalent Pharma Solutions in Bathgate, who will present their approach to protecting their workforce with new ways of working in order to continue to adhere to COVID regulations. 

Thursday 5 November, 2-3pm


A Fair Flexible Work Programme for Scotland: From crisis to opportunity in a post pandemic labour market

We have now experienced a number of months of enforced home working, with social distancing measures continuing in the months ahead. That makes it more important than ever that people managers work with employees to actively support flexible ways of working. This Timewise webinar is designed to help business owners, managers and HR managers future-proof any plans and practices that you put in place at this time.

Tuesday 10 November, 10-11am

Route to the Nordic markets for alcoholic beverages

The Scandinavian beverage market is very competitive and several countries have alcohol retail monopolies and restrictive marketing legislation in place. The Food & Drink Trade Specialist for Scandinavia, Susanne G. Rasmussen, will be hosting a webinar for Scottish drink producers/exporters, to explain how the alcohol retail monopolies work and the route to market for alcoholic beverages.

Tuesday 12 November, 12-1pm

Food & Drink opportunities in Scandinavia

The SDI Food & Drink Trade Specialist for Scandinavia, Susanne G. Rasmussen, will be hosting a webinar about market insights and business opportunities for Scottish food and beverage producers/exporters.

Thursday 19 November, 11:30-12:30pm

Beyond Brexit Transition. Doing business in and with Scotland

The webinar will inform existing investors headquartered in Germany / EU, and equally German companies trading with Scotland, what the post Brexit Transition world will look like and what the practical implications on their business in and with Scotland will be. The webinar will also cover the technical elements such as tax and customs changes.

Wednesday 2 December, 12-1pm

Watch our free playback sessions

What is the latest in European Low Carbon Innovation Funding?

Watch this webinar to hear the latest in European Low Carbon Innovation Funding, despite the uncertainties that Brexit presents. Conall McGinley, Craig Moir and Helen Fairclough provide their insights in this informative webinar. Recorded 30 July 2019. Slides for this webinar start at 2:08 minutes in.

Selling into the financial services industry 

GlobalScot Alasdair Anderson joined us the first in the 'A Trading Nation' webinar series. In this webinar, Alasdair provides insights into selling into the financial services industry. Recorded 2 July 2019. Slides for this webinar start at 1:50 minutes in. 

Language and interpreting resources for Scottish exporters

Watch this webinar hosted by Dr Jonathan Downie for Scottish businesses who may require language services when exporting products from Scotland. Recorded 23 May 2019. Slides for this webinar start at 1:50 minutes in.

Importing and exporting in a potential no-deal EU exit

Hear our colleagues from HMRC and the Welsh Government for an insight into what the future of business may look like in the event of a no-deal EU exit. Recorded May 2019. Slides for this webinar start at 2:10 minutes in.

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