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Save the date for a Trade Mission to Nova Scotia/Cape Breton, Canada.


Location: Halifax and Inverness Region, Nova Scotia

Date: 6 March 2018 – 10 March 2010

Time: Flight from Edinburgh, via London to Halifax

Sectoral Focus: Tourism, Food & Drink, Adventure Tourism, Seafood & Agri-food

As part of our increasing international offering, Lochaber Chamber has been developing business links in the Nova Scotia province of Canada over the past 10 months.  Nova Scotia has many links to Lochaber and the North West of Scotland and the Scottish Highland region has enjoyed a memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia for many years.

In order to help businesses explore the Nova Scotia market, we are looking to send a delegation to Nova Scotia/Cape Breton in March 2018.  The trip will involve visits to pre-identified local companies, matchmaking sessions with potential partners as well as introductions to the Halifax, Sydney and Strait Area Chambers of Commerce and other local business groups.

The Trade Mission is part of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce network’s International Trade programme.  Financial support for businesses joining the trade visit may be available from Scottish Development International and in some regions Highlands & Islands Enterprise.  For more information and to register your interest, please contact 

Please see the below press release for more background on the trip:

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is currently piloting an International Trade Partnership initiative on behalf of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce to develop stronger trade links with key overseas markets by developing business relationships using the extensive global Chamber of Commerce network.

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has been identified as being closely aligned to Lochaber and offers opportunities for the wider Scottish Chamber network. It was assisted by the development of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which was signed in February 2017 in order to reduce the trade barriers and remove some of the tariffs which in turn makes it much easier and cheaper for SME’s to export more competitively, participate in supply chains and actively trade using e-Commerce.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce will be working with three Canadian Chambers: Sydney & Area near to Inverness; The Strait Area which has links to Newfoundland via a ferry from Sydney; and Halifax Nova Scotia with a core objective of developing collaboration and co-operation between businesses in the two regions.

Like Lochaber, natural resources play a key role in the Cape Breton economy, including plenty of scope for marine tourism as well as the more well-known adventure tourism; hiking trails, wildlife marine leisure, coastal activities as well as winter skiing are all key to both areas. Nova Scotia encourages an environment dedicated to success and facilitating long-term partnerships between industry, academia, and government and offers opportunities for knowledge exchange and student recruitment to the University of the Highlands & Islands.

One sector of significant business interest is food and drink where there are outstanding artisanal food producers together with craft spirits and beers, both of which are undergoing a global revolution in demand as consumers demand more natural and handcrafted products.

Renewable technology is increasingly important for both Lochaber and Cape Breton; and Scotland generally; both have extensive expertise in hydro, wind and solar energy in this growing market. Probably less well known is the areas’ expertise in Aquaculture; the Lochaber connection is further strengthened by Marine Harvest’s expansion into Newfoundland, through the acquisition of fish farm licenses, it already has significant business interests in Lochaber. The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Association has already indicated a willingness to meet other Scottish businesses in the same field.

For Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, as the destination organisation for Lochaber, there is huge potential to increase inbound tourism. Canada is a place with a deep affinity for all things Scottish and is among Scotland’s top 20 export markets and it is hoped that the synergy which already exists between Cape Breton and Lochaber will be reflected in the increasing numbers visiting the area. Cape Breton has many native Scottish descendants and is a well-known International cultural centre for Celtic music based on the cultural ties of gaelic language and history all of which are supported by Highland Council.

The International Trade programme, supported by the Scottish Government and led by Scottish Chambers network, has a number of objectives as well as the main aim of providing new business opportunities for Scottish Business. It will act as a model for all B2B partnerships and create better connections across all Overseas Chambers and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Ahead of Brexit, it will build capacity and competence to deliver trade support for all those businesses wanting to export for the first time, or expand into different markets. Lochaber Chamber is excited to announce they are hosting a Trade Mission to Nova Scotia in October 2017 on behalf of The Scottish Chambers network. Any interested businesses should
contact Lochaber Chamber of Commerce.

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