Germany (English version)
Scottish Development International
Kasernenstrasse 27, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Sarah Lord - Regional Manager for Central Europe
+49 211 86 32 940
+49 211 86 32 9420
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Looking to find new export markets or to invest in Scotland? Our Germany office provides support to Scottish companies in the Central and East European region, across all business sectors, focusing mainly on Germany, Switzerland and Austria markets. We also provide ongoing support to exisiting German investors in Scotland.
Germany is the second biggest exporter globally with exports of USD 1.408 trillion in 2011 and Scotland’s fourth biggest trading partner. In 2010 Scotland exported goods and services worth GBP 1.265 billion to Germany. Over the last few years 20 percent of Foreign Direct Investment into Scotland has come from Germany.
Brian Conley (pictured left) is SDI’s field operations Business Development Manager covering Central and Eastern European countries.
SDI’s office in Germany is located in Duesseldorf and lead by Sarah Lord, Regional Manager for Central Europe.
According to Ernst & Young’s UK Attractiveness Survey (2011) Scotland leads Europe in the creation of jobs through foreign direct investment (FDI).
Germany is currently the fourth most important export market for Scottish businesses with enormous potential in a number of key sectors such as:
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Export from Scotland
Whether you're new to exporting or already growing your business in overseas markets, we can help you explore market opportunities in the Central and East European region and put you in touch with potential business partners.
Scottish companies operating in Germany already include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, Aberdeen Asset Management, Johnstons and Walkers Shortbread.
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Invest in Scotland
Germany is Scotland’s third highest source of inward investment projects after the USA and France. In 2009 there were more than 60 German-owned enterprises in Scotland.
Over the last four years, 20 percent of European Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Scotland has come from Germany with a capital expenditure of £145 million (€165 million).
If you're looking to grow your business, Scotland has a number of assets which makes it attractive to investors from Germany including:
More than 100 German companies already have offices in Scotland. Existing inward investors from Germany across key sectors include: REpower Systems AG, E.ON, EEW Group, Witzenmann, Bilfinger Berger, TÜV NEL, Siemens, Pyreos, Lidl, Aldi, TMD Friction and Deutsche Bahn.
Swiss companies such as Novartis (Vericore), Nestlé, Avaloq, INEOS, Forbo International SA and Syngenta AG also have operations in Scotland.
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The German Consulate in Edinburgh has been supporting an 18,000-strong German community in Scotland for over 50 years – a useful resource if you're looking to do business in Germany or Scotland. The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG) might also be a useful source for information and advice.
The Swiss Consulate in Edinburgh and the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce both support Scottish-Swiss business collaboration and joint cultural events.
GlobalScot in Central Europe
Who better to help you explore the potential in the Central and East European markets than our outstanding business professionals who already have a wealth of local market experience?
By offering their time and advice freely, our GlobalScot members, of which there are 30 active in the region, can help your company with practical advice needed to break into new markets.