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Pete Sarah hendrickx at showWest Midlands businesses looking to grow their export programmes could benefit from a project that is offering financial support to get them trading overseas.

The West Midlands ERDF SME International Growth Project (SME IGP), funded via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), has already approved more than 150 grants - worth more than £340,000 - to more than 80 companies in the region, enabling them to access specialist support.

patrick mccarronBusinesses that want to help minimise the impact of currency fluctuations when they export can take advantage of a new collaboration between the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands and Western Union Business Solutions, DIT West Midlands announced today (22nd March 2018).

The regional alliance, the first of its kind between the two organisations, will launch next month (April) and will enable businesses in the West Midlands to get advice about how to manage their foreign currency exposures so that they do not lose out if the value of the local currencies dip when they are paid for their goods and services.

patrick mccaronA series of masterclasses aimed at getting West Midlands businesses confident enough to export their goods and services is being launched in Birmingham.

Funded by ERDF SME International Growth Project and organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and West Midlands Chambers of Commerce, the three half-day masterclasses take place in the city centre and will be headed by a specialist trainer in international business strategies. There is no cost to eligible businesses attending.

TSMNH7DD6NBUHCNMFPI7UOFU5UBeeswift, one of the leading manufacturers and distributors for high quality health and safety products in Europe, has completed the acquisition of Dutch distributor for workwear and protective clothing, Schulte Safety Products.

SSP is now wholly owned by West Bromwich-based Beeswift and will be known and traded as Beeswift BV.

The acquisition will ensure Beeswift BV benefits from inward investment to enhance and deepen its existing product range.

West Mids DIT Andy Smith 2West Midlands-based motor sport, automotive supply chain, transport technology and plastics and composites companies have the chance to join a trade visit to Le Mans, home of the world’s oldest active motorsport endurance race.

Organised by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce, the visit will take place between Tuesday, June 12, and Friday, June 15, and is aimed at small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

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.

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