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A programme of free masterclasses is being launched to help West Midlands companies become more culturally savvy when working to win business overseas.

Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands, the series comprises seven half-day masterclasses, all of which provide essential cultural tips when conducting business in different markets.

Hundreds of businesses are expected to attend the biggest digital event the Midlands Engine has ever held.

The Selling Online Conference is set to attract more than 250 businesses from across the Midlands with ambitions of going global or that want to expand their international reach, through the World Wide Web.

angela maxwellA leading businesswoman who has helped to transform the fortunes of companies across the West Midlands and beyond has urged small, ambitious firms to start thinking globally.

Angela Maxwell, CEO of Acuwomen, is leading a Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands workshop to encourage small businesses from the region to start exporting their goods and services.

Kick Start is a free event at the Custard Factory, Digbeth on 4 May, where she will work with businesses to inspire them to think seriously about new markets.

Winning Business in Africa3Sixty companies from across the West Midlands are at the first stage of exporting to countries across Africa after experts travelled from the continent to offer their advice on trading with the markets there.

Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands, the ‘Winning Business in African Markets’ programme included talks from specialists from Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

Delegates were also able to discuss potential export opportunities via Skype with trade advisers in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia at the event at the GTG Training Academy in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.

Boss Design, the leading office furniture design company from the Black Country, showcased its designs at the joint Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum in Birmingham this week.

Director Phil Duggan delivered a range of the company’s furniture to the ICC and two chairs from the Kruze range, a grey leather Layla sofa, and high-backed Mister chair, were placed in a private room where dignitaries met.

export championsMidlands businesses looking to export to countries across the globe were given a boost yesterday (9 March, 2017) with the announcement of dozens of ‘Export Champions’ as part of a programme to encourage and inspire businesses to export internationally.

Announced at the inaugural Midlands Engine Trade Summit, the ‘Midlands Engine Export Champions Programme’ sees 28 high profile business leaders from across the region offering their expertise and advice to inspire companies to export and support existing exporters looking to expand into new markets.

West Midlands producers of beers, ciders and spirits could be raising a toast to exporting success if they take part in a special event with buyers from East Asia and Central Europe.

The Selling Beer, Cider and Spirits into East Asia and Central Europe event on Tuesday, 7 March, will see four international buyers covering China, Hong Kong, Japan and six central European countries looking for new products to introduce to their markets.

The free, day-long event in Coventry is being organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands and is being delivered as part of the SME International Growth Project (IGP), which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Mark Garnier MPSome of the country’s leading finance experts and business leaders have been signed up to speak at the first Midlands Engine International Trade Summit this spring.

Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade (DIT), will make the keynote speech at the free event, which takes place at The Vox, Birmingham, on Thursday, March 9.

He will be joined by Patrick Magee, chief operating officer at the British Business Bank, and Louis Taylor, CEO of British Export Finance, for a question and answer session. Also addressing delegates is Lee Hopley, chief economist at manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

DIT Export HubThe Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Hub is making a week-long stop in the West Midlands next week, with the aim of helping businesses realise their global ambitions.

A series of free events is being held as part of the roadshow, which take places between February 6 and 9 and will offer a range of advice to companies that want to start exporting or increase their international reach. It will also provide opportunities for one-to-one meetings with international trade experts and give businesses the chance to learn about new export markets.

Andy Smith DITMidlands companies in the fashion, giftware and creative sectors that are looking to export for the first time are being invited to join a Midlands Engine visit to the Czech Republic.

Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) Midlands team, the three-day Export Insight Visit (EIV) visit to Prague is specifically designed to help consumer sector businesses in the Midlands Engine region that have little or no experience of overseas trade.

It takes place between March 13 and 16 and promises to provide a unique opportunity for companies to explore their potential for export sales, make business contacts and discover the support that is available from DIT and its delivery partners in the UK and overseas.

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