ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK SCOTLAND
The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. We’re the world’s largest support network for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambition.
The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisation, all renowned for their excellence in business support. In Scotland, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by Scottish Enterprise and The Highland Council.
Our services are free to innovative Scottish SMEs with growth ambitions. Whether you need support in developing your innovation, need information on funding opportunities, access finance, find trusted partners or grow your business internationally, this is the place to start.
ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL
Aberdeen City Council provides local government services to 115,080 households and 8,651 businesses. The authority serves a population of 229,000 directly and on an operational basis the wider North-east population of 489,000. Aberdeen has recorded strong population growth, rising by 11% between 2004 and 2014. Migration internationally and from within the UK has been a major factor.
The Council employs approximately 8,600 staff and the council comprises 45 councillors, representing 13 wards, and since May 2012 has been controlled by a Labour-Conservative-Independent coalition. Councillors are elected every five years by the citizens of Aberdeen.
WORLD ENERGY CITIES PARTNERSHIP
Established in 1995, the WECP is a non-profit organization whose member cities are globally recognized as international energy capitals.
These member cities actively seek and develop opportunities to learn, exchange, and engage in activities which strengthen multilateral ties. The WECP is bound by a co-operative agreement signed by the Mayors of each city, who serve as board members, is directed by an elected President and Vice-President, and is supported by a Secretariat office, based in Houston, USA.
The WECP primarily serves to facilitate business-to-business interaction, partnerships in energy-related activities, and the sharing of industry knowledge, contacts, and experiences, while providing a worldwide network of industry support services and resources. The organization facilitates trade missions for local businesses to travel to member cities and capitalize on business development opportunities.
This unique partnership also enables exchange beyond the energy industry and the exploration of opportunities for mutual development in a variety of strategic areas such as, education, environmental technology, medicine and bio-science, and tourism development. Additionally, WECP is the only organization that requires municipal government linkage, which allows for exchange of best practices in city administration and development opportunities.