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Chance for businesses to shine as City and Shire prepare for Offshore Europe


Europe's premier oil exhibition returns to Aberdeen for the 20th time this year, presenting North-east businesses with an unmissable opportunity to gain international exposure to world energy markets.

Offshore Europe. Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils have secured a prime spot to promote the region as a place of expertise and innovation in the sector at Offshore Europe 2013.

The biennial event, which has grown steadily since its launch in 1973, is Europe's biggest energy industry conference and exhibition, attracting thousands of delegates from across the world, including Brazil and Iraq.

Offshore Europe offers an unprecedented international meeting place for debate and knowledge sharing by engineers, technical specialists, executives, policy makers, legislators and industry leaders to help maximise recovery, extend field life, improve operations and best practise levels in a safe and sustainable manner.

It is the largest oil and gas technical meeting outside North America and is one of the most stimulating weeks in the oil and gas calendar where exhibitors, delegates and visitors can access a global audience.

The Aberdeen City and Shire double-deck pavilion will showcase the North-east at the four-day conference which takes place from September 3-6 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

It will host a series of meetings, workshops, presentations and seminars and will again be a hub of activity for delegates looking to find out about businesses and energy activity in the North-east, as well as presenting a fantastic opportunity for firms based here to introduce themselves and their capabilities on an international stage.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "This will be the 20th time Offshore Europe has been held in Aberdeen, marking a major milestone for what is now Europe's premier oil and gas exhibition.

"Offshore Europe is our window on the world, and as the North Sea and the needs of the energy industry change, so must Aberdeen. We are at an interesting stage in the life of the UKCS and our city is looking at its own future within this new context.

"We are looking forward to hosting this exciting, busy and important event, which recognises Aberdeen's position as Europe's leading energy city, for the next 20 years. The opportunity to exhibit on the Aberdeen City and Shire stand is not to be missed!"

Spaces in the pavilion are available, and interested companies are invited to apply to be part of the City and Shire's promotion centre, which will provide a strong and consistent brand for the North-east. Offshore Europe.

More than 50,000 delegates, representing more than 100 countries, are expected to attend the event. As a hub of activity for oil and gas, Offshore Europe attracts top executives from companies across the world, and is a great opportunity for local businesses to promote their brand.

The two-floor Aberdeen City and Shire Pavilion has been designed to provide maximum space for local exposure, and will also include catering facilities, a lounge area and ICT station, as well as a number of exterior pods for businesses to gain prime position on the floor. Interest in spaces is expected to be high.

Aberdeenshire Council's chair of Infrastructure Services, Peter Argyle, said: "This is a great opportunity for local businesses based in the City and Shire to be part of the promotion of the area as a vibrant, modern economy, and the home of oil and gas expertise in Europe.

"We expect the pavilion to a busy hub of activity for the four-day conference, and the opportunity to be part of the City and Shire's brand is very valuable."

Aberdeen City Council leader and convener of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Barney Crockett said: "Aberdeen City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council hosting a large stand at the 2013 Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference.

"This is an enormously important event for the region and its businesses. Offshore Europe's return to Aberdeen for the 20th time shows that confidence in the area and its energy industry remains strong. Our Economic and Business Development Service has set out to identify opportunities for our local businesses and people that will develop goods and services that are world class and have a global reach.

"It is vital that the city continues to attract the level of expertise the energy industry will need to continue to prosper and grow. The city stakeholders are actively pursuing a strategy focussed on attracting the skills we need whilst continuing to anchor the knowledge and expertise that already exists in Aberdeen."

Gerry Brough, the city council's project director of Economic and Business Development said: "I am delighted that we will once again be hosting delegations from companies including Brazil, as well as from other major cities and businesses across the world, and participating in this major event for the 20th time in 40 years. We are very glad to have the opportunity to present the opportunities provided on our stand to local companies and I would encourage all with an interest in the energy industry to come and along and participate.

Belinda Miller, Aberdeenshire Council's Head of Economic Development, added: "Offshore Europe attracts thousands, and this facility will represent the North-east at the heart of it.

"This is a great chance to position your business at the heart of the North-east's activities, with exhibitors in the pavilion being closely associated with the City and Shire. We intend our space to be the showcase of local businesses working hard to provide innovation in the energy sector, and would encourage all those interested to get in touch."

The upper deck of the facility will provide a versatile business lounge, including catering facilities for hospitality. For businesses joining the Aberdeen City and Shire Pavilion, each will have exclusive use of the lounge for an agreed period each day. The area is suitable for presentations, workshops, receptions and business meetings. The lounge is also available for external bookings.

The ground floor will feature a number of displays from local businesses and City and Shire partners. There is an open plan hospitality area with seating, an ICT station and a reception area. The Pavilion has been designed to allow free flow of clients through the facility, and provides a dynamic business environment for exhibitors.

City firms interested in booking a space on the stand should contact Kathryn McFarlane by emailing Businesses in Aberdeenshire looking to book a space can contact Alistair Reid on 07917 067041.

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