Glasgow City Innovation District hosts exporting roadshow

Dr Liam Fox MP and Adrian Gillespie, Chief Commercial Officer, University of Strathclyde outside the Exporting is Great Hub

The new Glasgow City Innovation District is the venue for the Department of International Trade’s exporting roadshow, taking place today.

The ‘Exporting is Great’ Export Hub pulled up outside the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre and Inovo Building ahead of the upcoming Energy Exports Conference in Aberdeen on June 18 and 19.

The drop-in Hub, hosted by the University of Strathclyde, was visited by Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade this morning, and aims to highlight exporting opportunities for companies in the energy sector.

Global markets

Dr Fox spoke to representatives of local businesses who visited the Hub about the importance of and opportunities for the UK supply chain to export its products, services and expertise into global markets.

Glasgow City Innovation District was selected as the location for the Hub as it is home to a wide range of organisations working in the energy sector including: the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Advanced Nuclear Research Centre, The Weir Group, Energy Technology Partnership, Renewables Consultancy Group, Smartest Energy, ARBNCO, Electricity Supply Board, Centre for Energy Policy, Institute for Energy and Environment, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks & Smart Grids, Centre for Ground Engineering & Energy Geosciences, Energy Systems Research Unit, ScottishPower Advanced Research Centre.

The University of Strathclyde is home to one of the largest energy research clusters in Europe, and brings together research from across disciplines to address the many energy challenges of the 21st century.

Adrian Gillespie, Chief Commercial Officer for the University of Strathclyde, said: “Glasgow and Scotland boast huge strengths in the energy sector, particularly in offshore energy, with the University of Strathclyde playing a leading role in advancing the energy systems of the future.

We are delighted to host this visit by the Export Hub and give businesses and researchers located within and around the Glasgow City Innovation District a great insight into the opportunities for exporting Scotland’s expertise, products and services in this sector.”

Glasgow City Innovation District is transforming the way academia, business and industry collaborate to bring competitive advantage to Scotland by bringing together researchers and high-growth firms with technology and creative start-ups, to work side-by-side in a vibrant, walkable innovation community.

The District is the result of a successful partnership between Glasgow City Council, the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurial Scotland, and brings together ambitious, forward-thinking people focused on tackling societal and global challenges and driving inclusive economic growth.

Glasgow City Innovation District is transforming the way academia, business and industry collaborate 

The Energy Exports Conference is being co-hosted by Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise alongside organising partners Energy Industries Council, Department for International Trade, Oil & Gas Authority, Oil & Gas UK, Opportunity North East and UK Export Finance. The event, also supported by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), Decom North Sea and Subsea UK.