Two of Europe’s leading energy hubs will strengthen their links via a business event which makes its return next month.
The Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway, on June 14-15, celebrates and builds upon both cities’ oil and industry heritage against a backdrop of tough times for both as the industry tackles the worst global slump in a generation.
Organisers have promised the 2016 event is significantly expanded on last year’s and will embrace even more of the opportunities presented throughout Norway, including Arctic regions.
The 2016 Aberdeen-Norway Gateway, managed by Business Plus Scotland, is a joint initiative with the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), which celebrates its 110th birthday this year.
The event brings together speakers who will share their experiences of doing business on both sides of the North Sea during a lunchtime event at Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel on June 14.
The session will be chaired by Francis Kiernan chief executive at ABIS (Holdings) Energy Services and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers including James Crawford, of Wood Group PSN; Alfie Cheyne, ACE Winches; Guy Bromby, ThinJack; Leif Johan Sevland, ONS Exhibition, Conference, Festival; Steve Mitchell of Anderson Anderson Brown and Lise Dean, Widerøe’s Flyveselskap. Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire provosts will also address the audience.
New for this year is the addition of a second day of activities on June 15 with an exhibition showcasing companies and organisations from both sides of the North Sea.
Event founder Brett Jackson, managing director of Aberdeen firm Granite PR, said: “Creating, fostering and developing international business links remains critically important as we continue to the face challenges presented by a lower oil price.”
Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce President Sidsel Ostad Halvorsen added: “NBCC is celebrating 110 years this year, reflecting on a history of trade between these two countries including the commercial ties that have developed through fluctuating conditions, through boom and slump, through war and peace.
“Britain is still Norway’s largest trading partner. Oil and gas have naturally become by far the most important Norwegian export product, but a number of small and medium sized enterprises in both countries ensure that the range of commodities exchanged between the UK and Norway is broader than the trade with most other countries.”