At next month’s Autumn Fair International, companies will have direct access to industry specialists from UK Trade & Industry (UKTI), who will advise on opportunities for British products and services overseas.
Both retailers and exhibitors are invited to visit the UKTI International Business Zone in Hall 2 G41 to find out first-hand what markets are most receptive to their business and how to start exporting. UKTI works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.
The UKTI stand will also host a range of seminars from UK businesses already exporting. Case studies will include: Seascape Island Apothecary director Stuart Mactavish looking at how exports have helped generate 20% of the company’s total revenue; Suresh Jain, director of Woven Magic, exploring the bigger picture of globalisation; Blue Eyed Sun founder Jeremy Corner reviewing the challenges of globalisation; Peter Locket, director of The Puppet Company, offering advice and insight into employing effective overseas agents; Gary Schaffer, managing director of United Oddsocks, describing his company’s journey from the UK to overseas markets via a network of distributors; the director of Dalit Goods Julia Hawthorne advising on building an effective supply chain for export business; Marina Bolin, director of Bolin & Webb, looking at bringing an idea to successful fruition; and Mike Briggs, director of International Sales at Suki Gifts sharing insights into achieving success via the export business.
There will also be a presentation by the Trade Development Manager for UKTI Joanna Olivera, who will outline the Australian retail, gift, home and ecommerce markets and the challenges, opportunities and routes to that market.
Sarah Carroll, export communications Consultant for UK Trade & Investment will provide an ecommerce case study, while insights into the German giftware market will be given by UKTI trade advisor Baerbel Moeller.
The Autumn Fair International 2014 is organised by i2i Events Group and will be held at the NEC in Birmingham from September 7-10 (volume halls open on Saturday September 6).