International trade experts to help Plymouth firms export
EXPERTS in international trade are coming to Plymouth to help firms boost exports.
A group of trade commissioners, who work in international markets, will be sharing their export experience at the free Going Global: Discover Your Export Potential event.
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to set up the get-together at the Hoe's Holiday Inn, with morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesday, March 26.
It is open to anyone interested in international trade, whether a small business considering selling overseas for the first time or an old hand at exporting who would like to refresh and update knowledge.
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The trade commissioners will include representatives from the China-Britain Business Council, the UK India Business Council and the Embassy of Belgium, plus a business leader from Estonia.
Speakers will also include Nicola Evans, head of international trade with Peninsula Enterprise; David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber and Anthony Peake, of GOSS Interactive.
Mr Peake will talk about how social media management can be used to investigate new markets, identify competitors and opportunities and build profitable relationships.
HSBC bank and Plymouth-based accountancy firm Francis Clark will provide specific advice around the potential pitfalls of exporting and how to overcome them, including minimising risk, negotiating with customers and basic tax issues.
At midday, Council Leader Tudor Evans will launch the Plymouth International Trade Club, an initiative to give exporters, and those considering exporting, information, advice and support.
Plymouth Chamber works with many exporters. Its international trade team, which offers free practical advice and certifies documents, assists with at least 50 export documents each month.
Cate Taynton, project manager for Plymouth Chamber, has worked with UKTI to organise the international trade event, and said: "Last year, the Government issued the national challenge of doubling UK exports to £1trillion by the end of 2020.
"There has been a remarkable response to this through an increased awareness of international trade and enhanced resources and support services for potential exporters."
She said the trade event would provide "a fantastic insight into all aspects of the export process" and include a case study from a firm which was exporting successfully.
"We are looking forward to welcoming our guest speakers from Europe," she said. "They will be able to offer a different perspective on the business of export and in-depth advice for specific export destinations."
Nicola Evans, of UKTI, said: "We welcome this opportunity of working with Plymouth Chamber and look forward to meeting and working with more businesses at the event and to help increase the level of exporting in the city."
The UK's first Export Week was held last November, in line with a national campaign to encourage small and medium enterprises to consider exporting and access expert advice and guidance available to potential exporters.
Throughout the week, more than 100 events were held nationally, including a programme of workshops for business in Plymouth.
Mr Parlby said: "Plymouth and the South West may be under-performing in terms of exports but we have an incredible amount of potential to engage with overseas businesses to generate inward investment and put this part of the UK on the international map.
"Companies looking to increase their growth and competitiveness should make the most of that opportunity."
To book a place, visit www.plymouth-chamber.co.uk