2 May 2016

Drive to expand international trade through staging of Glasgow 2018

Business will lead a new drive to win opportunities for overseas trade and investment from Glasgow’s staging of the 2018 European Championships.

Image credit: Glasgow City Council

In partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will chair the new Glasgow 2018 Trade and Investment Group to promote local and national businesses across the core markets of Europe through the staging of the new multi-sport event.

In an exciting sporting partnership, Glasgow and Berlin are joint Host Cities for the inaugural European Championships between August 1 and 12, which will be broadcast to a potential television audience of more than 1 billion people.

Glasgow and its delivery partners across Scotland will host the existing European Championships of Aquatics, Cycling, Rowing, Triathlon and Gymnastics, which are coming together for the first time in their history, while a new Golf Team Championships event will be staged at Gleneagles. Berlin will host the European Athletics Championships at the same time.

There will also be direct procurement opportunities arising from the staging of the Championships and a free engagement event will be held in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme in Glasgow on May 12 to highlight these as well as the wider potential benefits.

Procurement opportunities will exist for a variety of goods and services with a range of contracts values. Tenders will be issued from summer 2016 onwards with the highest volume anticipated in 2017.

Goods and services include will include technology, telecoms, power, event services, overlay, ground transport and communications.

There will also be sponsorship opportunities available which will give businesses the right to associate with the event and receive a rights and benefits package.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Trade and Investment Group, said: Following on from the success of the Commonwealth Games for the city in 2014, the European Championships will provide us with a fresh opportunity to showcase Glasgow and Scotland to a wider European audience which includes Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and France. The fact we are hosting theChampionships jointly with Berlin also demonstrates the level at which Glasgow is now operating in the world sporting market.

“The event will bring more than 3000 athletes to the city as well as a huge variety of new business and trading networks. It is important that businesses across Glasgow and Scotland capitalise on the potential of this major event to ensure our key sectors continue to grow and thrive within these valuable European markets.”

Richard Brown, Executive Director of Development and Regeneration Services for Glasgow City Council, said: “The Glasgow 2018 European Championships provide an exceptional opportunity to build on the success of the Commonwealth Games and contribute to the enhancement of international trade. The Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government have a shared ambition to make sure we drive as much benefit as we can from this exciting new event.

“Major events are a vital part of our economy with thousands of jobs supported across the sport, creative and tourism sectors. The European Championships allows us to continue to build on these areas and also reach out to increase the trade and investment our businesses can benefit from across our core European markets.”

A spokesperson for the Supplier Development Programme said: “The Supplier Development Programme are delighted to be supporting Glasgow the 2018 team to deliver this exciting event. The Championships will create a host of opportunities for local businesses, and we will be working closely with suppliers to assist them get ‘tender ready’ and have the best possible chance of winning contracts.”