Find out more about how to take your business overseas during EXPORT WEEK (7-11 April)


If you are based in the West Midlands, either already exporting overseas or thinking about new markets overseas, you might be interested in attending some of the events taking place next week as part of Export Week.

Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in conjunction with partners and business organisations, Export Week aims to encourage companies to take up the export challenge and highlight the wealth of support and knowledge available to help them grow.

It provides a great opportunity to find out from companies who have really experienced the challenges and great rewards from branching into new markets. The speakers are companies who have walked the talk themselves. They have made the leap and visited new markets, built relationships and overcome the language barrier. These are the best people to learn from. They give the practical insights to help companies get started.

During the last Export Week in November last year, I spoke at an event to encourage women business owners to look at overseas markets. I’m passionate about the importance of investing in languages for the UK economy and a strong believer in the value of exporting as an opportunity for UK growth. Sharing my experiences, I highlighted the importance of considering culture and language in capturing business from new markets.  As part of the event, we also heard from some incredibly inspiring female business owners, including Fiona Toye of Toye, Kenning and Spencer and knitwear designer Nicky Thompson, who spoke about her experience of selling into the Japanese and US markets. This event really sums up what is best about Export Week – practical advice and inspiring stories encouraging you to take the plunge and get out there!

Export Week – Grow Your Business (7-11 April) will feature a range of events across the region, including:

Islamic Finance, Monday, 7 April, 08.00-10.30 at SGH Martineau, No 1 Colmore, Birmingham, B4 6AA: A seminar focused on Islamic finance and the implications for your business when dealing with Islamic markets.

Overseas Business Opportunities Workshop, Tuesday, 8 April, 08.30-16.30 at Birmingham Science Park Aston, Faraday Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham B7 4BB: The workshop will be practical and interactive and led by experienced export specialists. The focus of the workshop will be how to explore and identify business opportunities in 4 key markets: France, Germany, Ireland and USA.

Explore Support, Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 10.00-16.00: Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham B5 7QU: Showcase event for Export Week 2014 – UK Trade & Investment, working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Growth Accelerator, will host ‘Explore Support’, a major exhibition and one-to-one opportunity for companies looking for business growth.

Intermediaries Forum, Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 08.00-09.30, Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham B5 7QU: Breakfast provided and presentations from partners, with the opportunity to network before the Explore Support event.

Market Visit – International Brokerage Event, Hanover Messe, Germany, 8-10 April 2014: Funded 2 day overseas exploratory Market visit to the International Brokerage Event.

Steps to the BRICS, Wednesday, 9 April 12.00-14.30, HSBC Bank Plc, 12 Calthorpe Road, Egbaston, Birmingham B15 3DH: Seminar focused on doing business in Brazil, Russia, India and China – discover the opportunities from market specialists and hear from local businesses on their journey to success within these markets.

ASEAN Roadshow, Thursday, 10 April, 09.30-14.30, The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham: Unlock your business potential in Southeast Asia – explore the growth opportunities for your business. Gain in-market advice from senior UKTI diplomats with on-the-ground knowledge and learn how to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities for UK companies in Southeast Asia.

Overseas Business Opportunities Workshop, Thursday, 10 April, 08.30-16.30, Ricoh Stadium, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE:The workshop will be practical and interactive and led by experienced export specialists. The focus of the workshop will be how to explore and identify business opportunities in 4 key markets: France, Germany, Ireland and USA.

2020 Vision – The Future of Staffordshire, Thursday, 10 April, 07.30-09.30, Keele Science Park: We’re bringing together leaders in the fields of skills, technology, transport, investment, regeneration and growth to tell you how Staffordshire will change and evolve in coming years and where the growth opportunities are.

Baltic Market briefing, Thursday, 10 April, 10.00-15.00: Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Chamber House, unit 8 and 9, Innovation Village, Cheetah Road Coventry, CV1 2TL: Meet the British Ambassador to Lithuania, market specialists and UKTI trade experts at a pre-mission market briefing. The briefing will discuss the agenda for the trip, travel arrangements, your market research requirements and answer any questions you may have

Manufacturers: Bridging the Export Knowledge Gap, Thursday, 10 April,12.00-15.00, Lloyds, Two Brindley Place, Birmingham B1 2AB: An industry round-table event focusing on key issues manufacturers face when selling into overseas markets.

Next Economic Powerhouses (MINT), Thursday, 10 April, Full day:  Online Event + Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre: During the event we will be holding live video conferences with UKTI offices from across the globe. Each represented country will have in attendance leading experts in the markets and businesses that are looking to establish links with businesses in the West Midlands. Each session will comprise of a full agenda with presentations from a range of businesses and economists from both sides and this will be followed by a Q&A session.

Global Trade Fair, Friday, 11 April, Full day, Online Event + Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre: The Global Trade Fair Midlands is a new initiative by the West Midlands Economic Forum, in conjunction with UKTI-WM, designed to bring companies and businesses from the local region into direct contact with UKTI offices in China; India – Mumbai; Germany – Berlin and  Munich; USA – Chicago; as well as importers and exporters from the principal trading partners of the Midlands.

Find it in Worcestershire, Tuesday 15 April, 06.30-09.30, Sixways Conference Centre, Worcester WR3 8ZE: A networking breakfast focusing on internationalisation.

For further information about any of the events and bookings visit: or contact UK Trade & Investment direct on 0845 074 3515.

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