Thrive Digital – Is Export Led E-Commerce Growth Right for My Business?

BIOS is pleased to introduce a new speaker – Emil Stickland, Director @ Thrive Digital. His talk will centre around whether you can benefit from export led ecommerce. Emil has some impressive credentials when it comes to international e-commerce. While developing a global digital strategy at Rubik’s Cube he worked with companies such as Google, Amazon and Hasbro on various projects including a Google Doodle. Emil is now one of the people running Thrive Digital, an agency that specialises in helping companies expand their online presence abroad.

Emil has produced a FREE 17 page report as part of BIOS, detailing everything that you need to know and think about when exporting online.

Emil says:
The first step is to establish whether it is possible to benefit from engaging with new markets online. Even with a successful UK e-commerce business or a thriving export business, don’t automatically assume that it is possible to transfer competitive advantage to your exporting business online. If, at the beginning, you can ascertain whether your company could benefit from internationalising ecommerce it could save considerable cost further down the line.

The aim of the document is to provide tools and ideas that will help when deciding whether or not an international ecommerce approach warrants further investigation.

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Makar Glasgow Gin

The BIOS conference are pleased to announce a new sponsor:

Makar Gin is the award winning premium gin produced by The Glasgow Distillery Company. Launched in November 2014, Makar is the distillery’s first release and the first ever gin to be produced in the city of Glasgow.

Handcrafted and distilled in small batches in our copper pot still – Annie, Makar is a juniper forward gin entwined with seven other botanicals that are shipped to Glasgow from around the world to create the perfect balance. The bright and robust flavour of Makar makes it perfect for gin–led cocktails and invigorating with tonic.

The name Makar comes from the Scots word for a poet, reflecting the creativity involved in producing this full flavoured, smooth, luxurious gin.

The Glasgow Distillery Company is made up of 3 founding partners, Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall who came together in 2012 to establish the concept of a Metropolitan Distillery based in the heart of Glasgow. The distillery takes its name from the original distillery that was founded at Dundashill in 1770 which became known as The Glasgow Distillery Company and remained active until the beginning of the 20th Century, where at one point it was one of the largest licensed operations in Scotland producing both peated and unpeated single malt whisky.

In addition to Makar Gin, Glasgow Distillery is also bringing back the production of single malt whisky to emulate the original distillery’s historic past, making it the first new single malt distillery in Glasgow since 1902.

Now re-born and located in the heart of the city, The Glasgow Distillery Company is re-establishing the tradition of metropolitan small-batch craft distillation using state-of-the-art equipment to distil craft products using traditional artisanal methods.

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