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Online conference: Growing your business globally

By Gordon Carmichael

YouTube videos are available from our online conference: Growing your business globally

The conference was held on 14th October 2021. This post was updated to include conference videos. We would appreciate if you would subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Doing business internationally can be complex. However, it brings with it a wealth of opportunities, and thanks to advances in technology, trade agreements, and globalisation, with the right know-how it’s easier than ever to expand your business operations into overseas markets.

The pandemic and the UK’s departure from the European Union have presented challenges for domestic firms engaged in exporting and importing, with supply chains being hit hard. Yet with every difficulty comes opportunity for those open to diversifying their strategy and looking outside of the box.

There is plenty to look forward to and many UK businesses have taken advantage of the positive opportunities that have emerged, allowing them to negotiate trade deals, to take advantage of a weaker pound when exporting goods overseas, to explore new markets, and broaden their reach through online channels, and to focus on bringing the supply line back to the UK and to maximise the UK customer market.

Find out more and reserve your free place via Eventbrite
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DATE: Thursday 14th October 2021
TIME: 10am-12.30pm
LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

We have great speakers planned:

  • Ian Harrison, Head of Exports for the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the Midlands – “An overview of DIT trade support”
  • Mike Wallis, Keswick Enterprises Group – “Good practice for shippers: what you need to know”
  • Nicola Winters, Search Laboratory – “Spotting international digital growth opportunities”
  • John Robinson, Institute of Export & International Trade – “How SMEs should respond to online international enquiries”

Q&A Panel – You will be able to ask the experienced panel and the speakers your questions:

  • Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Founder & Chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Scott Knowles, East Midlands Chamber
  • Steve Martin, TW Kempton (Corporate Clothing) Ltd
  • Bob Clarke, UK Business Advisors

Panel chair: Elliot Harris, member of UK Business Advisors Board

For more information and how to reserve your free place, follow the link to Eventbrite (event finished – see YouTube videos ).

At this conference we will hear from Ian Harrison, Head of Exports for the Department for International Trade in the Midlands who will give an overview of the DIT trade support to businesses. Mike Wallis of Keswick Enterprises Group will then go on to look at the commercial realities and the opportunities available to businesses today focusing on exporting, and outlining the logistic specifics that companies need to know when trading with both the EU and globally. Nicola Winters of Search Laboratory and John Robinson of the Institute of Export and International Trade will then look at the international digital landscape and how it is changing, and share insights into best practice for digital marketing.

In addition we will have a lively discussion from significant members of the business community who are currently successfully growing their business internationally and who will give practical tips on importing and exporting.

The event is run by UK Business Advisors, a multi-faceted consultancy practice of experienced business advisors with a large skill set including management, restructuring, finance, marketing, and HR, that work together with SMEs and the wider business community to help them develop their business strategy and grow their business, both in domestic and international markets.


10.00 – 10.10am: Introduction – Elliot Harris

10.10 – 10.25am: Presentation 1 (Ian Harrison – DIT)

10.25 – 10.40am: Presentation 2 (Mike Wallis – Keswick Enterprises Group)

10.40 – 10.50am: Q&A

10.50 – 11.05am: Presentation 3 (Nicola Winters – Search Laboratory)

11.05 – 11.20am: Presentation 4 (John Robinson – Institute of Export & International Trade)

11.20 – 11.30am: Q&A

11.30 – 11.40am: Break

11.40 – 12.25pm: Panel Q&A

12.25 – 12.30pm: Close

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