Advice & Technical Support

Specialist Export Advice, Consultancy and Technical Support

Specialist Export Advice, Consultancy and Technical Support

Export Readiness Assessment - At a basic level, Inverness Chamber International will evaluate the appropriateness of your products and services for export, and the infrastructure you have in place to support international trade.

However, many businesses find the range of bespoke and enhanced services essential in establishing their readiness. A more thorough and detailed assessment will include reviews of intellectual property risks, trademarks, branding, packaging, pricing, safety certification, customs regulations and relevant legislation. If required, the Export Readiness Assessment can also include a review of your infrastructure, covering sales & marketing, operations, and financial readiness.

While you are at the early stages of evaluating the opportunity for your business in international trade, a Chamber Export Readiness Assessment is an essential step in identifying the gaps that need filling.

Bespoke advice and consultancy to suit your company needs and resources
Specialist Export advice as part of your overall business strategy
Ongoing support or specific project support available
Experienced staff to offer advice, re-assurance and peace of mind
Country specific information from documentation requirements to public holidays and cultural differences
Specialist technical support to businesses at every level of exporting whether new or experienced exporters
Guidance on labelling, customs, duties, taxes, commodity codes and shipping
Impartial, highly specialised advice

Please contact kara@inverness-chamber.co.uk further information.

Global Business Network British Chambers of Commerce

The Global Business Network is a comprehensive international network of British Chambers of Commerce and business groups located across the world, that drive two-way commerce and business between each location and the UK. 

The network acts as an agile and reliable ecosystem for businesses wishing to wider their international horizons. 

Each chamber has a diverse membership of both services and goods companies, willing to share advice and provide trusted connections. 

This means that a company that is a member of any Chamber in the British Chamber of Commerce network can benefit from international B2B connections, support services and solutions, practical advice about the local business environment and potential market opportunities; all provided by a known and trusted partner. 

A full list of Chambers can be found here

North American Business Club

"Exporting Successfully in North America"

An increasing number of businesses in the Highland and Islands region are looking to North America as a potential export market. A number of businesses in the region already export successfully to North America across a range of export markets – Food and Drink, Creative Industries, Renewable Energy and others.  North America is Scotland's top country to export to, with over £4.3 billion in exports there last year.

However, the North Americas is a huge market to do business in. This can lead to some unique challenges:

  • vast regional differences between the 50 markets/states
  • strong local competition
  • high customer service expectations
  • very high cost of living in major cities
  • time difference (between 5 and 8 hours behind)
  • high cost for business insurance as litigation is common
  • work visas

Inverness Chamber International works closely with a number of companies, both in Scotland and in North America, to provide support to businesses who are wishing to export into these markets.  Our International Trade Partner, Marsh Commercial are a Scottish based company that can assist with all kinds of insurance for exporters. We also work closely with Curtis Law LLC, our corporate law partners, based in Chicago, Illinois to help provide "on the ground support" to our members, as well as Alliant Insurance, a well established American insurance brokers with over fifty offices in the USA.

With a range of benefits for both current and potential exporters, the North American Business club represents an excellent route to market for Highland companies.  If you are interested in more details about this service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with international@inverness-chamber.co.uk.