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UKTI Whats Happening in the West Midlands - 30th March 2016


logo-big-flag What's happening in the West Midlands?
30 March 2016

The Midlands Engine fires up...
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said "Driving growth in the Midlands is a key part of the government's devolution revolution...the £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund will go further by backing even more growing businesses."

The first Midlands Engine trade mission...

On 18-21 April businesses from the Midlands will have the opportunity to join a trade mission to the USA and Canada led by Rt Hon Sajid Javid. Focused on Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Food and Drink sectors this mission will give you a boost into new markets and a chance to discover new opportunities for your business. 

Get in touch to express your interest and to view Thursday's recorded webinar with international marketer and author of UKTI's 'Marketing in the USA' series, Allyson Stewart-Allen as to why the USA should be on the strategic plans of every UK business. 
Inspirational events
Meet trade expert from Malaysia, 11 Apr - book a 30 min 1:1 meeting with Nik Tasha Nik Kamaruddin to discuss potential opportunities for your business in Malaysia.
The Digital Guide to Internationalise, 19 or 21 Apr - develop a marketing plan, maximise social media to reach your target audience and explore international social media platforms. 
Access India, 20 Apr - find out more about the scale and nature of business opportunities in India.
Gateway to the US – The state of Ohio, 20 Apr - representatives from Ohio and the city of Mentor will be presenting on opportunities for companies looking to enter the US market.
Selling food and drink into the UAE, 20 Apr - learn about the F&D sector opportunities in Dubai and the way to conduct successful business in the UAE.
Food and drink labelling workshop, 22 Apr - Understand how to label your food and drink produce for overseas sales.
Exporting skills for you and your team
Financing Export - 21 Apr, Bir - learn about the key financial risks facing exporting companies. Themes include foreign exchange, terms and methods of payment and sourcing of finance.
Alternative Routes to Market - 5 May, Staffs - choosing the correct route to market can be one of the key critical factors for success in any market, learn about how to get it right. 
Shakespeare inspired products to reach global market in 400th anniversary year
Shakespeare-inspired home furnishings and toiletries could soon be exported globally as part of the celebrations to mark the Bard’s 400th anniversary. 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is working with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) West Midlands to maximise the commercial opportunities presented by the landmark anniversary of the playwright’s death. 

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Other news
The Iranian Trade Conference – New Prospects for British-Iranian Trade and Investment, 11-12 April – In January the sanctions were lifted on Iran which had been imposed over its nuclear program. The subsequent leap in Tehran’s stock market in late January and early February gave a hint of the country’s investment potential. This event will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of these key issues, as well as an analysis of the business opportunities in the infrastructure, oil & gas and financial services sectors, both in terms of export potential and direct investment.

Brokerage event, Alimentaria 2016 - This year the networking event will be held on 27 April alongside the main fair and will be focused on innovative foods and agro food processes, trends in the food and drink sector, nutrition and health/wellbeing. The aim is for B2B meetings is to help companies and research centres to find business, technological and R+D+i international partners for collaborative projects such as technical co-operation, joint ventures, manufacturing agreements, licence agreements, commercial/distribution agreement, research & development and/or Horizon 2020 projects
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