The full day conference, which took place last Thursday at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, saw key note speakers from some of Scotland’s top exporters inspire hundreds of delegates.
The VIP talks began with Paul Grant, director at Mackays. Paul’s talk exemplified the potential of Scottish heritage as a brand and inspired the delegates with the story of his company and his established career.
Healthy seaweed connoisseurs Mara Seaweed then spoke with entrepreneur Fiona Houston’s fascinating journey of her company’s progression, giving valuable advice to other new businesses; ‘be brave, be resilient, and enjoy it!’
Emil Stickland, director at Thrive Digital and one of the organisers of the event, stressed the importance of being different in the international market, not just competing on cost.
Speaking after the event, Emil told BQ: "The BIOS conference was a fantastic success. We were excited to be able to offer insights into Export and Import markets to over 270 companies across Scotland.
"Next year we will increase this number substantially, and offer attendees even more advice on how they can achieve growth in international markets.
"We also hope to encourage a higher presence from service providers who specialise areas that can support the growth of attendees.
"To do this we will be offering more exhibition stands, and giving service providers the opportunity to address the delegation through workshops and Q&As."
The BIOS conference is set to be repeated next year. If you are interested in a ticket, you can sign up here: http://scotlandimportexport.com/#signup