Local Export Partnership

Local Export Partnership for Highlands and Islands 

Led by Inverness Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with other highland agencies (including HIE, SDI, Business Gateway and Enterprise Europe), the Local Export Partnership aims to provide SMEs across the Highlands and Islands with increased opportunities to export their goods and services. The Local Export Partnership offers a network of advice and support for businesses across the Highlands and Islands region through all stages of the exporting journey. This support is available to any SME within the region, regardless of size, sector or location and is not exclusive to members of a Chamber of Commerce. As well as offering support and encouragement to SME’s, the Local Export Partnership will offer:

  • Access to appropriate hands on support
  • Bespoke export action planning
  • Mentoring support
  • Financial support
  • Market research information
  • 1:1 advice and sign-posting
  • Access to the global Chamber of Commerce network


The Local Export Partnership offers a variety of mentoring services for any business located within the Highlands and Islands region and this service is not exlusive to members of a Chamber of Commerce. 

The power of the global Chamber network enables us to make connections across the world, tapping into an array of business professionals looking to offer their support services to businesses in the Highlands and Islands region. If your business is based in the Highlands and Islands and you are interested in receiving unique mentoring support from one of our Chamber locations across the globe, contact LEP@inverness-chamber.co.uk 

The Local Export Partnership also provides a mentoring service through our partnership with GlobalScot. GlobalScot is a worldwide network of entrepreneurial and inspirational business leaders, dedicated to supporting Scottish companies. GlobalScot can assist across a number of key areas and have a direct impact on your business, from advice on preparing for new market entry and finding customers to identifying potential partners and suppliers. The network host individuals with expertise in a range of growth sectors such as oil and gas, life sciences, food and drink, technology, creative industries, financial and business services and tourism who can make connections, provide advice and open up opportunities to Scottish companies interested in growing their business. 

If you want to put your Scottish business on the international map, Click here to register your company and access the GlobalScot network of mentoring and business support services. 


As part of the Local Export Partnership, we have designed a questionnaire to allow us to ascertain key themes in relation to the challenges and barriers business face when beginning to export. Conducting a questionnaire of this nature enables us to identify gaps in the support available to business, in turn, allowing us to determine the ways in which these gaps can be closed.

The Local Export Partnership questionnaire can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CHYVGLM

Export Fund:

Micro-grants of up to £350 to cover the cost of travel and accommodation to market research events are available where necessary. The funding is intended to allow businesses to take opportunities that they might otherwise not have been able to. Export Fund application forms are available on request from LEP@inverness-chamber.co.uk

International Trade Partner:

Jelf Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers are Inverness Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Partner. As part of the support through the Local Export Partnership, Jelf Clark Thomson are offering a free audit on insurance and logistics for companies interested in the support. This service is available via a two-page application form, which can be accessed here or by contacting international@inverness-chamber.co.uk


To find out more information or to get involved in the Local Export Partnership, email Sarah Maltman at LEP@inverness-chamber.co.uk