Scandinavian Business Event


7th June 2018

Strengthening links between the North East of Scotland and Scandinavia was the focus of an Aberdeen event attended by in excess of 110 international delegates on Wednesday, June 6th.

The fifth annual Aberdeen-Norway Gateway at Aberdeen’s Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel was held in association with ONS 2018 and Widerøe.  It formed part of the year-long tenth anniversary celebrations of city company, Granite PR.

In addition to civic welcomes from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, the gathering featured a line-up of leading speakers from both sides of the North Sea representing a range of organisations such as ONS, Widerøe, Anderson Anderson Brown, ASCO Norge, SDI Norway and the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s event was moderated by Jamie Stark of Burness Paull LLP.

One of the speakers to make the trip from Norway for the event was Leif Johan Sevland of ONS, who commented: “ONS’ ambition is to promote the technologies and innovative solutions the energy industry has to offer. To us, the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway event is an excellent networking arena to ensure the strong relations between Norway and the UK and to promote the business opportunities that exist at ONS.”

Lise Julie Dean, Director Sales & Distribution at Widerøe added: “Any opportunity for Widerøe to strengthen links in an important marketplace is one that we enjoy, and the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway provides an excellent way of doing this. Widerøe have been proud to support the event for the past three years and we are pleased at how the event helps us to increase our profile in the North East of Scotland.”

Event creator Brett Jackson said: “Our Gateway series has established a reputation for providing valuable international networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, and the fifth annual Aberdeen-Norway Gateway was no exception.

“We are once again indebted to all those who supported this year’s event and made it such a success.  We hope that it has helped to set the scene for ONS later in the year, and that as many people as possible will be inspired to explore the opportunities which exist with our North Sea neighbours.”

The Aberdeen-Norway Gateway 2018 was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Anderson Anderson Brown LLP, ASCO Norge, Burness Paull LLP, Business Plus Scotland, Energy Voice, Fairytale Events, Genesis Personnel, Invest Aberdeen, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Development International, St Jomannskirken (Norwegian Church in Aberdeen), ONS Foundation, Widerøe.

To find out more about Granite PR’s Gateway series, visit

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