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The year 2014 is a big year for Scotland, when the world will be visiting to take part in The Year of Homecoming, a year-long programme of events that celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources, creativity, culture and ancestral heritage and two world-class events in 2014 - the XXth Commonwealth Games which Glasgow will host in July and the 40th Ryder Cup to be staged at historic Gleneagles in September.

All of these events provide opportunities for Scottish businesses and this podcast focuses on those opportunities available from the XXth Commonwealth Games Legacy programme.

XXth Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting success. The 20th Games will take place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August this year (2014).

The Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes, representing 70 nations and territories, compete across 17 sports for 11 days. This will be the biggest and most inclusive sports programme ever with more medals to compete for and many more opportunities for women athletes and Para-sport athletes than previous Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme is focused on using the unique opportunity of the Games to deliver lasting change across the whole of Scotland – now, in the run-up to the Games, and in the years beyond.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme has a very wide range:

  • For a Scottish business it might mean winning a Games-related contract which paves the way for further contracts and new markets, at home or overseas. It’s helping to bolster the Scottish economy and enhance our reputation at home and abroad as a place to visit and do business.
  • For a Scottish young person it might mean a job, or an apprenticeship, or a role as a Youth Legacy Ambassador where they can learn new skills and gain experience.
  • For Scottish schoolchildren it’s about the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and the Games, about values and about other countries and their cultures.
  • For Scottish communities it’s about improving local facilities, taking part in cultural events, working together to celebrate the Games, and engendering a true community spirit.

Ken Gordon caught up with Linda Murray, head of Scottish Enterprise's 2014 project team to find out about the opportunities available, where you can find them and to hear about how one company NVT Group have taken advantage of the Legacy programme.

Check out the Legacy 2014 webpage

Check out Public Contracts Scotland (click on Commonwealth Games Opportunities)

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website


The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Earlier this year we completed our very first "World Tour of Scotland" with our Team Scotland colleagues from the Scottish Funding CouncilScotland Europa and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to tell everyone about the opportunities in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme. We made a podcast (What will Horizon 2020 do for me?) that still is our most successful podcast. Going by the questions from our event audiences, one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of Horizon 2020 is the SME Instrument.

Now Horizon 2020 is "live" and Call deadlines loom there are numerous factsheets and briefings that are filling the gaps in our knowledge. This podcast is focused on the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and in particular the most recent briefing (March 2014) on eligibility, evaluation and tips for success.

The podcast contains important information that will help you decide how to prepare and how to write your application.

We also answer questions such as :

  • Should i apply for phase 1, 2 or 3?
  • I have a project for my own company only, do i need to have partners?
  • My project covers more than one Call topic. What do i do?

If you have any questions, you can contact us by emailing H2020@scotent.co.uk , sending us a tweet on @eenscotland or calling our Glasgow number 01412282797.

Oh, and please follow the SME Instrument (@H2020SME) on Twitter !


The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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After Life Science

This podcast is about the afterlife. No, not that afterlife, AFTER LIFE SCIENCE (see what we did there?).

We held our annual Scottish Life Sciences event on 6th February this year in Edinburgh. The morning was dedicated to the opportunities available to Scottish life science organisations in Horizon 2020 and in the afternoon the Scottish life science partnering meetings took place.

It was a very busy event on a cold February Edinburgh morning in a room with amazing views of Edinburgh Castle and streets where cardboard signs every 50 metres proclaimed that the “Trams are Coming”.

Everyone did well to keep their worries about imminent tram invasion in check and the event was full and much discussion and Q&A ensued. We promised to make a podcast answering points raised in the post-event feedback forms and this is it!

Our keynote was expertly delivered by the UK National Contact Point for Life Sciences, Octavio Pernas who detailed the structure , the process , the opportunities available and answered all those tricky questions.

The Medical Device Company, a Scottish micro-SME, shared their experiences of participating in an FP7 project and in addition there were many presentations and impromptu project pitches from delegates.

The discussion was so intense there was barely time to grab some any lunch before the partnering tables filled up.

Did you know there is a new voucher scheme to support you in developing your project and finding partners? Check out The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by Interface .

We also talked about finding partners for project and projects looking for partners. Find EU Research Partners on CORDIS here.

Find EU Research Partners on our Enterprise Europe Network Scotland website here

To prepare for the forthcoming podcast about Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, check out our website here.

And finally, in our previous podcast where we talked about this event, Camille highlighted the lunch. We did not get much  time to eat, so if you did and you have a comment, use our contact email to let us know.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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This podcast is about protecting your intellectual assets. Most of us have no idea what they are and how they can be protected and trading overseas brings a whole list of new challenges in protecting your ingenuity and creativity.

The good news is that there is FREE advice in Scotland to help you protect your Intellectual Property.

Ken Gordon talks to Stuart Watson an intellectual property specialist in the Scottish Enterprise Innovation Specialist team.

If you are based in Scotland, get free advice by phoning 0846 608 8787 (or 01463 234171 in the highlands region).

Some useful links for you:
Protecting your intellectual assets in foreign markets ,
Intellectual asset management,
UK Intellectual Property Office
European Patent Office

This podcast is (cough) copyright Enterprise Europe Network Scotland.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Scotland's renewable energy projects span everything from single community wind turbines to solutions for large housing associations.

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly accessible to all kinds of groups - including rural and urban communities, and there's a wealth of support available.

This podcast is about a new support fund called The Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) and Ken Gordon interviewed Andrew Smith, Head of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund.

REIF helps finance renewable energy projects across Scotland and the REIF team can also advise on your funding proposition, and point you towards other sources of support.

With £103 million of ring-fenced funding available to provide commercially priced loans, equity investments and guarantees, REIF will consider projects that support the delivery of energy from a renewable source or represent an innovative renewable energy technology.

If you're interested in community projects, there's more information from the Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which works closely with REIF.

This podcast is introduced by Ken standing on a beach on a chilly sunny Sunday afternoon in the Scottish seaside town of Troon. Yes. He did get his feet wet and no he did not get an ice cream.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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If we said, "what do you know about Strasbourg?" you would of course say, "why it is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament."

Well done.
Ten points.

  • Did you know that they have several large manufacturing organisations based there?
  • Do you know the key sectors in the region?
  • They have their own regional dialect - have you ever heard someone sing a song in that dialect?

Well wait no longer friends!
Our valued Enterprise Europe Network Strasbourg colleagues Ursula Gori-Kaminski, Clio Brivois-Poupard and Caroline Kolb provided you with all the above information and more when our very own Ken Gordon interviewed them recently.

You will also find out the answer to the question "Where is Brian?" which was really useful to us when we were looking for our umbrella recently.

Confused?
Listen to the podcast and all will be revealed.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! 
While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations.
Find your local office on the list on 
this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Happy New Year from the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team!

Before the festive holiday and we had to return to work, try to remember our login passwords and where the shortbread tin was hidden, we recorded a podcast featuring our top 5 most popular podcasts of 2013.

We did this to remind us of (a) what we do and (b) how much fun we had in 2013 making podcasts and getting your feedback.

A huge thank you for listening to our podcasts in 2013 and we are looking forward to helping you get the most out of the Enterprise Europe Network in 2014 in business collaborations, getting research funding and much more.

We have a very busy diary already. Now where are the coffee mugs kept?


We help Scottish businesses only, and we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page

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December is here dear listeners and while your Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team are busy helping local businesses connect across the world, our minds are turning to the Christmas festivities.

In this, our third festive podcast (here are Xmas 2011, Xmas 2012), the team face a very difficult problem that can only be solved using the mighty resources of the Enterprise Europe Network spanning more than 50 countries across planet earth.

Listen to find answers to the following questions :
  • Why did Ken and Camille go into the stationary cupboard?
  • What is the meaning of the large Victorian knocker?
  • Can the Enterprise Europe Network save the day?

Join Stephen, Brian, Lesley, Ken and Camille as they try to save Christmas!

To all of our listeners where ever you are, from all of the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team, have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Our next podcast will be our New Year 2014 podcast.
See you in 2014!

P.S. If you ever wonder how we put our podcasts together, there is a special “making of” feature at the end of this podcast.


We help Scottish businesses only, and we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page

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The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) has close to 600 member organisations across the EU and beyond. They include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities (as discussed in our last podcast) and regional development agencies.

Working through our member organisations, we can help you:

  •  Develop your business in new markets
  •  Source or license new technologies
  •  Access EU finance and EU funding

Did you know the Enterprise Europe Network has members in the United States of America?

In this podcast Ken and Camille Moran, the newest member of the EEN Scotland team (from McLean Virginia, USA) talk about doing business in the good 'ole U.S. of A !

You will learn:

  1. The power of Cronuts and Burritos
  2. How to dress on the West Coast compared to East coast of the USA
  3. How to make good quality small talk in a lift.

Camille Moran is your contact in the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team for all things to do with Life-sciences in Scotland and you must mark February 6th 2014 in your diary right now.
On that date, the Scottish Life-sciences International Partnering event is taking place in Edinburgh at the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria.

Want to do business in the USA, get in touch. Our services are free. What have you got to lose?


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London Calling!

The Enterprise Europe Network helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace. Working through local business organisations, we can help you:

  • Develop your business in new markets
  • Source or license new technologies
  • Access EU finance and EU funding

It is a little known fact that in addition to the Enterprise Europe Network comprising nearly 600 organisations in more than 50 countries, those organisations include banks, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce and universities. This means there is truly a wide range of expertise available to you when you use our FREE services.

In this podcast Ken talks to Madalina Nazare who works for EEN London in UCL about doing business in London.
Madalina talks about the most recent business growth sectors and give us her top tips for business success. There are some surprises.

Our services are FREE because they are funded by your local organisations and the European Commission, so get in touch and let us help you develop your business.

In the UK? Find you local EEN here
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The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! 
While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations.
Find your local office on the list on 
this page

Listen Now:


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