Some 50 members of The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) attended its Export Forum held earlier this month and have declared it ‘the best ever’ in BHETA’s series of guest speaker and networking occasions.
The event, which took place on September4 at at Austin Court in Birmingham, was part of BHETA’s 2014 Export Initiative and was organised jointly with its trade challenge partner, the UKT&I.
UKT&I regional director Paul Noon presented an overview of the export opportunities and help that was available, including a preview of some of the latest Government initiatives yet to be formally unveiled. He was supported by three UKT&I international trade advisors, who ran separate break-out sessions for members depending on their level of export experience.
The Forum also featured advice on foreign exchange transactions and currency risk management from BHETA associate member AFEX, and case studies from Aerolatte and Spear & Jackson. The event closed with a networking lunch providing ample opportunities to talk to other exporters and speakers.
BHETA home improvement sector director Peter Stone said: “This Forum signals the start of a concerted export initiative from BHETA as Trade Challenge Partners of the UKT&I. We will be supplying members who attended with specific leads for their sector and will be following up with more workshops on specific export issues.”
BHETA housewares executive director Will Jones added: “Export is becoming ever more crucial to ever more companies – and BHETA’s Export Initiative seems to be spot on.”