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UKTI - Whats Happening in the West Midlands April 2016

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What's happening in the West Midlands?

13 April 2016

Getting paid for exports...

For any business, getting paid is a prime consideration. But what can you do to ensure than an overseas buyer pays you on time?

When negotiating payment terms, there are four key methods to

  • advanced payment
  • documentary letter of credit
  • bills and / or documents for collection 
  • open account terms

Attend a masterclass on financing export, or contact us to speak to an adviser on 0121 405 4540 or via email. Read the full article here.

Exporting is GREAT week...

There are still spaces available on the following events. Remember to join the conversation online using #exportingisGREAT 

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 and Kuwait, 20 Apr - learn about the F&D sector opportunities in the UAE and Kuwait and the way to conduct successful business in those countries.

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. 

Planting seeds of success

Colourful plant pots created by a Warwickshire firm will be adorning gardens in Africa and continental Europe this summer after its unique designs were snapped up by overseas garden and homeware companies. After attending an event during Export Week in November 2014, Hum Partnership, which is based in Southam, has won, and is in the process of securing, about £50,000 worth of export sales less than two years after the business was set up.

As National Gardening Week begins (April 11-17) and gardeners across the UK begin to tackle their outdoor spaces in earnest, Lara Kelly, co-founder of Hum Partnership, said: "It’s been a real whirlwind these past few months and we are thrilled that our plant pots are not only decorating people’s patios and gardens across the UK but also overseas..."

Read the full story, and book to attend an inspirational event to kick start your business growth at next week's Exporting is GREAT Week.

Other news

26 April - Growing your business in Sandwell, the UK and beyond... - Are you looking to grow your company? Join this event to speak with experts about business expansion, access to finance, how your local council can support you and much more...

13 May - BCC and Dubai free-zone event - Learn about the export opportunities in the Middle East and how to access them. Understand how to set up your business in Dubai, how DAFZA can help your business benefit from 100% corporate tax exemption, 100% personal income tax exemption, 100% foreign company ownership and also, how other businesses have succeeded. 

Midlands Engine Trade Mission - Please note this visit to the US and Canada has been postponed. The new dates will be circulated as soon as possible.







UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK‑based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europe’s best place in which to succeed in global business.


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