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Whats Happening in the West Midlands - 28th April 2016


What's happening
in the West Midlands?

28 April 2016

150 SMEs aim for global opportunities at major export event... 

The Global Opportunities Summit took place last week as the highlight event in Exporting is GREAT week. Attracting over 100 companies from across the West Midlands to hear from a range of inspiring speakers on how to achieve international business success.

Coventry-based Mum’s Masala founder Narinder Gill who attended the summit started his healthy curry base sauce business at his kitchen table, using his wife’s recipes that had been passed down from generations. Since then, the 52-year-old Westward Heath entrepreneur has gone on to develop the brand and he now supplies to Morrison’s, Holland & Barrett and Cost Cutter. Earlier this year, he exported the first 1,500 bottles of his mild, medium and hot sauces to a distributor in Canada.

He said: “UKTI has been hugely helpful in getting us on the exporting ladder and now I’m really keen to see what else we can achieve.”

Get in touch to see how we can help your company go global

Right now there are 1852 live global opportunities on the Exporting is GREAT site. Find yours.

International Festival for Business 2016

Why attend?

  • the Government backed festival includes a GREAT British Showcase, and improved Business Club to help you meet global buyers and partners and make deals
  • business owners, investors and entrepreneurs will be attending from over 90 countries
  • take your seat for a series of events, workshops and panel debates with industry leaders, disrupters and deal makers
  • the International Festival for Business is a forum for ideas. Where innovation, curiosity and creativity lead to smarter ways of doing business

See details on groups travelling from the West Midlands to events during each week, with organised or subsidised travel, a key ITA throughout your trip, and bespoke group activities. Find out more and register to join:

Week 1: Manufacturing – 13-19 June
Week 2: Energy & Environment – 20-26 June
Week 3: Creative & Digital – 26 June-1 July

Exporting skills for you and your team

Why not join an upcoming masterclass which are now FREE to attend! They are a great way to learn vital new skills which will help in your export journey...

Web Strategies for Export - 12 May, Birm - understand what it takes to generate overseas business through your website.
International Exhibition Skills - 19 May, Birm - gain knowledge of how to meet the sales, marketing and international communication needs for your business to effectively and confidently prepare to exhibit at overseas exhibitions.

Meet the expert: Turkey

Book at meeting with visiting market expert Ceyhan Karaduman on 12 May at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Ceyhan is Corporate Finance & Investment Manager at the British Chamber of Commerce Turkey. She covers the sectors: advanced engineering, automotive, construction, education, renewables and tourism.

Why Turkey?

  • Turkey is the world’s 16th and Europe’s 6th largest economy with 3.5 % economic growth recorded in 2014
  • it is one of the world’s biggest markets with a population of 76 million and enjoys a customs union with the EU
  • its size and strategic location gives access to neighbouring markets in central Asia and the Caucasus, Russia and the Middle East
  • currently there 53 live opportunities in Turkey. Find yours on the Exporting is GREAT website

Ready for Latin America? 

Join a one-day roadshow with visiting trade officers from 13 Latin American markets on the 20 May at Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island. Meet 1:1 and discuss opportunities with experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.   

To explore new markets, make contacts and start sourcing export opportunities, reserve your place today.

Other news...

Entrepreneurs Exchange, 18 May

Charlotte Tilbury and Anya Hindmarch will be at The Council House in Birmingham to give free business advice. Find out more about the speakers and book your space.

Webinar: Vietnam water sector, 18 May 
The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • general market overviews and regulatory framework
  • major water supply & treatment projects in Vietnam
  • opportunities for UK firms
  • IFC (International Financial Corporation – World Bank Group) Resource Efficiency Program: support for international companies.


BRCC Trade Mission to Romania: Techsylvania 2016, 23-24 May

UK companies in the ICT sector - join a trade mission to a leading technology event in Eastern Europe, Techsylvania 2016 with The British Romanian Chamber of Commerce. Register your interest.







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