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Chamber International launches ‘powerhouse’ partnership to help UK boost overseas trade

A ‘powerhouse’ multi-discipline partnership is being launched this autumn for a series of events by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to help companies find ways to increase their global exports following Brexit.

The series of virtual events are being held as the UK economy grows after the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and the government urges exporters to seize opportunities created by new trade agreements, either finalised or being negotiated, as part of the UK becoming ‘an independent global trading nation.’

Speakers will highlight opportunities and services to help UK companies access new markets, including the launch of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Internationalisation Fund, which is offering exporters match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 to finance market entry that can be accessed through Chamber International

Other organisations in the new partnership are British Chambers of Commerce’s Global Business Networks, money transfer bank, Moneycorp and intellectual property solicitors, Virtuoso Legal.

Each of the events will focus on different overseas markets and highlight specialist export help available; DIT funding, practical advice on getting started and post-event, face-to-face consultancy to help individual businesses develop their export plan.

The first event, Exporting – help to find new markets, on September 7, will focus on Japan and Mexico. The morning session, Finding Overseas Buyers: Customised Services, features an introduction to British Chambers of Commerce’s Global Business Networks by its director, Anne-Marie Martin, who will explain how its trade professionals can identify overseas markets and assess individual exporters’ opportunities.

Other speakers will be founder and chief executive of Business Link Japan, Steve Crane and Laura Atkinson, of British Chamber of Commerce, Mexico, with investment guidance from DIT project manager, Ingunn Vallumroed.

The afternoon session, The Art of Finding New Export Markets, will feature practical help from Chamber International’s lead trainer, Jeff Lewis, linked to the Japanese and Mexican markets. Delegates will leave with an outline market strategy and three hours of individual consultancy time to help them progress their export market planning.

There will also be guest briefings from sales manager at Moneycorp, Andrew Dobson, on managing foreign exchange, and founding director of Virtuoso Legal, Leeds; Liz Ward, on protecting intellectual property.

Chamber International director, Tim Bailey, says: “Exporting is more crucial to the UK economy than ever after Brexit, and for global economic growth, following the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are many opportunities for UK exporters as British services and products are held in high regard around the world and the ‘powerhouse’ team of professionals we have assembled for these events will provide comprehensive and individual advice to exporters to equip them for success.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Mike Clarke .

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