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workshop image DITA series of workshops aimed at West Midlands businesses that want to start exporting their goods or services are to begin later this month.

Organised by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF SME International Growth Project, the You Can Export series includes four half-day, morning sessions that cover: market research and selection; routes to market; export pricing; and how to internationalise your website. Businesses can attend one or all four.

Philip Duggan 300 299Philip Duggan of Boss Design talks about the company's exporting history and the challenges it has faced.

Our story began in 1983 when our Chairman and Founder, Brian Murray, had a vision for a commercial furniture company that would set itself apart from all others. Brian’s mission was to redefine how commercial space works, introducing a range of high-quality products and solutions that would bear all the hallmarks of British engineering, craftsmanship and cutting-edge design. Today, over thirty years later, Boss Design is revered the world over for its pioneering developments and staunch ethical standards. Our commitment to design and manufacturing excellence knows no bounds.

With UK exports to the Middle East growing by 56% in the past decade, West Midlands businesses should tap the potential of trading with Gulf markets, say export leaders.

A Meet the Experts event has been organised for Tuesday, June 5, where companies from the West Midlands region – which covers the counties of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands – can explore export opportunities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

West Mids DIT Andy Smith 2Local companies wanting to know if their goods or services could sell overseas can discuss the opportunities via a series of new online surgeries.

Organised by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF SME International Growth project, the Meet the Market sessions will enable ambitious companies to speak to commercial advisers based in British Embassies or Chambers of Commerce across the world.

There are five online sessions available this month (May 2018), each of which provides the opportunity to book one-to-one appointments with Embassy staff in Germany, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and France. Companies based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Shropshire are eligible.

trade advisers SE AsiaMore than 20 West Midlands companies have made their first steps towards trading with countries in South East Asia after meeting export experts who flew in from the region.

The Fast-Track Your Growth in South East Asia event saw more than 70 one-to-one meetings take place in Birmingham between a wide range of local companies and trade advisers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

West Mids DIT Andy Smith 2Trade advisers from six South East Asian countries are travelling to Birmingham next month (May 2018) to help local firms find new export opportunities.

Organised by the ERDF SME International Growth Project and Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA), the event on Thursday, May 3, will enable businesses from the region to get help on accessing markets in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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.

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