A delegation of Scottish companies visited Hamburg last week, invited by the international department of the Hamburg Chambers of Commerce. The Scottish company representatives came to Hamburg to strengthen the international connections, to open new markets and find opportunities for the Scottish industries and ultimately to create growth and new jobs. The new direct flight connection from Edinburgh to Hamburg, provided by Easyjet since March, will help to facilitate business connections to Hamburg.
The delegation brought companies from various branches to Hamburg: Food and drinks, renewables, health care, tourism, bio technology. They all met with potential partners. For Scotland, Germany is the 4th largest export market, exporting about 1.4 billion GBP. And this volume is expected to grow by 8 to 10 percent until 2015. Nora Senior, Chair of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, headed the delegation of some 40 business partners. In Ms Simon’s view the journey was a success. She said: “We certainly met our expectations. For us as the Scottish Chamber of commerce, it was especially interesting meeting the Handelskammer and learn about their system”. The main difference between the Chamber of Commerce systems in Scotland and in Hamburg is the Scot membership being voluntary, whereas for Hamburg companies the membership is mandatory.