Aberdeen - Norway Gateway
Fourth Norwegian Business Event Celebrates Special Links
The special links between the North East of Scotland and Norway were the focus of a business event in Aberdeen on Monday, September 4th.
The fourth annual Aberdeen-Norway Gateway was once again created by Granite PR and managed by Business Plus Scotland. Keynote speaker was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Norway Sarah Gillett CMG CVO who was joined by fellow presenters:
- Tom Norland, Petroleum Technology Company UK Ltd
- Leif Johan Sevland, ONS 2018
- Barney Crockett, Lord Provost of Aberdeen
- Bill Howatson, Provost of Aberdeenshire
- Charlotte Stewart, Anderson Anderson Brown
- Lise Dean, Widerøe
- Andreas Christophersen, Quickflange (an ICR Company)
- Birger Haraldseid, Greater Stavanger Partnership
- Peter Reynolds, Denholm MacNamee
- Jan Bertelsen, Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce
Addressing the 115-strong lunchtime audience at the city’s Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel, Ms Gillett said: “Change – there is a great deal of it about and there are two areas which I think are of particular significance to this event. Many people are having to navigate businesses through really quite complex sectoral change, and the government which I serve is changing our relationship with the European Union. Two sets of really complex and really important change management to get right. The stakes are very high, there is a lot of uncertainty around and it is actually quite difficult to get a clear sight of the future.
“We are in a holding pattern for the time being, but we are not idling the engines. Our objective, which the Norwegian government has told us it shares, is to maintain our very close economic links, to minimise disruption for business and citizens and ultimately to ensure that the conditions for dynamic growth between Norway and the UK continue to thrive. I believe we have a great foundation on which to be optimistic about the future.”
Fellow speaker Andreas Christophersen of Quickflange (an ICR Company) said: “Norway is a key part of ICR's growth strategy and the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway event is not only an excellent platform to meet and learn from other sectors, but also provides an opportunity to showcase new products and services being made available in Norway.
“ICR is actively building on our strong existing relationships in Stavanger through our Quickflange technology and has begun introducing the group's wider capabilities including engineered composite repairs, chemical injection solutions, specialist onsite machining and integrity monitoring.”
Event creator Brett Jackson added: “This event takes the total number of Gateways we have staged to ten. Through the years, we have staged five Aberdeen-Houston Gateways, one Aberdeen-Perth WA Gateway and now four Aberdeen-Norway Gateways. The fact that these showcases continue to grow in momentum is a clear demonstration of the appetite which exists for such a forum, and we are grateful to all delegates, sponsors and supporters for helping us to deliver these vibrant and interesting meetings.”
The Aberdeen-Norway Gateway 2017 was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Anderson Anderson Brown, British Embassy Oslo, Business Plus Scotland, Denholm MacNamee, Energy Voice, Fairytale Events, Greater Stavanger Partnership, ICR Integrity Ltd, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Church Abroad, ONS, Petrasco, Press & Journal, Petroleum Technology Company UK Ltd, UKTI, Widerøe.
To find out more about Granite PR’s Gateway series, visit www.granitepr.co.uk
The fourth annual Aberdeen-Norway Gateway will take place in Aberdeen on Monday 4th September 2017.
The Gateway will again be hosted by Granite PR and managed by Business Plus Scotland, and will focus on knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for businesses seeking to establish or grow their presence in their counterpart location.
The event regularly attracts a good turnout of delegates representing a broad range of industry sectors, and traditionally features an impressive line-up of speakers with experience in doing business on both sides of the North Sea. Last year saw it grow from its original one-day Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway format to embrace even more of the opportunities presented throughout Norway.
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities or how to book places, click here
As part of the Aberdeen Norway Gateway 2016, a Norwegian British Showcase was held on Wednesday 15th June. This allowed companies working across both countries to share their experiences and knowledge at a share fair/showcase exhibition. This was followed by the annual Norwegian British Chamber of Commerce Summer Barbecue event at Kippie Lodge Sports and Country Club in Milltimber.
A combined audience of more than 270 delegates took part in a new business event linking the cities of Aberdeen and Stavanger on Tuesday, June 3rd.
The Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway has been hailed as a resounding success after taking place simultaneously in Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa and the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Stavanger. The two venues were linked using audio-visual technology and delegates in both locations enjoyed an impressive line-up of leading speakers, panellists and hosts.
Commenting on the success of the inaugural Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway, Granite PR founder and managing director Brett Jackson said: “Like many companies based in the North east of Scotland, we have experienced considerable growth in Norway in recent times. The creation of this new event served to highlight both the synergies and differences between Aberdeen and Stavanger whilst emphasising the opportunities that exist for all companies wishing to expand their presence in or knowledge of either location.
“The Aberdeen Stavanger Gateway was carefully timed to take place two months before the 40th ONS event in Stavanger and coincides with a number of companies choosing to establish or grow their presence in Aberdeen such as Statoil, Acona, DOF, NorSea Group and Wilhelmsen.”
“By updating delegates on developments in key industry sectors in both locations including operator overview, drilling, subsea, marine, taxation and civic links we hope that the event will play a part in cementing existing relationships and lead to the formation of new ones.”
The Aberdeen-Stavanger Gateway was sponsored by Aiken Group, Norsea Group, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Stavanger, Anderson Anderson and Brown, Statoil, MMG, Petrasco, Centrifuges Un-Limited, add energy, DOF, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Acona, Fraser Offshore, Aberdeen PA, Eastern Airways, ThinJack, Online Electronics, The Press and Journal/Energy Voice, A –line, Conventor, Norwood Hall Hotel, The Energy Institute and businessplus-scotland.
The event was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, SCDI, British Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, UKTI, Greater Stavanger Partnership, SDI, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Aberdeen Harbour.
Pictured, from left, are the Aberdeen speakers Kevin Mann (Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP),
Johan A. Johansen (Statoil Aberdeen), Nigel Bradburn (Energy Institute), Brett Jackson (Granite PR), Jim Shiach (Centrifuges Un-Limited) and Giovanni Corbetta (DOF).
To view presentations/DVDs from the Aberdeen Stavanger Gateway Click here