The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK is a company limited by guarantee devoted to promoting and extending business relations between United Kingdom and Italy.
Established in 1886, it is one of the oldest of the 73 Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad and it was formally acknowledged by the Italian Government in accordance with the Act 518/70.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK Head Office is located in London and has branches in Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Scottish Branch of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK offers information and practical support for both companies and individuals interested in starting up businesses or developing commercial links between the Italian and Scottish business markets.
Due to the collaboration with local well-established partners, the Branch constantly promotes and encourages exchanges and contacts at the most important trade fairs in Glasgow and Edimburgh, organises sector-specific promotional workshops and holds informal networking events providing the local business community with unique opportunities to meet business partners.
As far as the economic figures are concerned, Scotland’s mixed economy comes out in its GDP per capita, which is the fourth largest in the UK. The enterprises active in the region, both public and private, are more than 280,000, employing 2.5 million people and registering a turnover of £243 billion.
According to the income produced, the largest contributions are from services, manufacturing – in which the food & drink industry has the upper hand -, oil and gas and construction. Initially focused on heavy industries, such as shipbuilding, coal mining and steel, over the years the region has achieved a prominent position in other sectors. Such as textiles, chemicals, distilling, brewing, fishing as well as computer software, banking, insurance and fund management.
Edinburgh is the financial services centre of the region - the sixth in Europe. Glasgow, instead, is known to be the commercial capital of the region: it accounts for over 60% of Scotland’s manufactured exports, being the fourth largest manufacturing centre in the whole country.
Scotland is the EU’s largest petroleum producer, with the North Sea offshore oil and gas production concentrated in the town of Aberdeen. Being among the countries in the continent that boast more energy resources, the region has been working hard on renewable energies. Given essentially from wave, tidal and wind power, the management of these provides Scotland with 13% of its electricity production.
For further information, visit the website: http://www.italchamind.eu/EN/