LONDON, October 29 2012 – There are huge opportunities for Scottish companies interested in working at the FIFA World Cup 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games according to Dennis Mills, founder of leading global business specialists Major Events International (MEI).

The MEI seminar, which will take place in Glasgow this Thursday (November 1), will be run by MEI and Deloitte in collaboration with the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Selex SI. It will highlight the opportunities for Scottish companies, regardless of sector or size. The seminar will also discuss how to address some of the opportunities and inevitable challenges that come with working in Brazil.

Speaking ahead of the event, which will be held at The Radisson Blu Hotel on Argyll Street in Glasgow, Dennis Mills said: “Few people understand the opportunities and challenges that will face Scottish companies in Brazil in the next few years but there are so many procurement opportunities underway now.

“Scottish companies have some tremendous skills and attributes and can undoubtedly thrive in the international events market – but going into Brazil without the experience or support from partners who understand the landscape can be fatal. We’ve seen it so many times before.”

The MEI seminar and post-event one-to-one meetings with the speakers will provide an overview about supplying into Brazil, the opportunities and how to overcome some of the challenges.

Speakers will include Dr. Sandro Carnicelli from the University of West of Scotland who will give an overview of Brazil and some of the cultural issues from his perspective as a Brazilian; Roger Horwood, a senior partner at Deloitte, and Vitoria Nabas, Senior Partner, Nabas Legal will focus on the Brazilian economic climate and overcoming some of the challenges; Dennis Mills, CEO Major Events International will cover opportunities and some practical advice about how best to enter the market; Sir Brian Burridge at Selex SI will conclude on his perspective on why major events present such excellent opportunities for his company and those working within its supply chain.

Timings: Registration starts at 7.30am and presentations begin at 8am. The briefing will conclude by 10.30am and will be followed by one-to-one sessions with the speakers until 1pm.

This briefing includes a light breakfast at 7.30am to 8.00am and is free for Members of MEI’s membership network and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Members and £30 plus VAT for non-members.

This is a limited attendance event so please RSVP before Friday October 26 to register your interest:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call: +44 20 7934 9005. ENDS


Major Events International (MEI) was formed in 2007 and specialises in helping companies succeed in the major events industry.

MEI offers business support services to companies bidding for, hosting or supplying major iconic global events such as the Olympic Games and World Cups.

MEI offers a wide range of services including organising overseas mission support; strategic bid and host city support; and advice to access key suppliers for stadium and venue builds and upgrades.

Our network of suppliers and experts will be of value to any company looking to increase their presence in the international major events world.

In addition to a range of bespoke consultancy services and a particular focus on Brazil, MEI run the only global professional membership scheme for individuals and companies across all sectors who wish to be included in this specialist community.

The tailored MEI major events information service from our online major events portal gives readers the latest news and in-depth analysis on procurement for the events and sports world, together with supplier directories and focused advertising from the global events community.

This is underpinned by two monthly unique global journals which have been significantly enhanced of late to give subscribers access to market intelligence and procurement data, hosted on the main MEI web sites in Brazil and for a wider international readership.

MEI staff have been involved in a wide range of international events including: Beijing Olympic Games 2008; Commonwealth Games India 2010, London Olympic Games 2012; and have been present in Brazil since 2009. Qatar is now moving into focus and other UK based events beyond London 2012 to include Commonwealth Games Glasgow and Rugby World Cup 2015.

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