If you export your product or services, or are thinking of doing so, this event will be invaluable use of your time. It will help you address risk – particularly cash risk, in a rapidly changing environment. It might also open your eyes to how real the export opportunity is for your business.

According to the Government, 8% of SME’s make a proportion of their sales overseas, and 15% are part of an export supply chain*. The Government would love to see those percentages increase significantly, with the (new) Department of International Trade nominating 2017 as the “Year for Exporting”. Indeed, the current Government’s record might well be judged on how successful we all are at exporting!

But, exporting represents both opportunity and risk. The internet has transformed market intelligence and market access – but selling overseas still has a complex range of financial and legal hurdles to overcome before profits are made, and profits are converted to cash (and Brexit might lower or raise some of those barriers!!).

Throughout the afternoon you will get the chance to join workshop sessions or set up one to one meetings with experts. In the evening we will hold a wider networking event that will focus on the “big picture” for UK companies looking to export.

(*May 2016 – Department for BIS)

You can register for any of the following sessions (all limited in number of attendees).

Cost: Individual Workshops are free to SME directors and managers. Tickets for the evening event are just £25+VAT

Customers of the Workspace Group have free access premium access for all sessions including the evening event.

Meet the Experts: Guidance on all your legal and financial export queries

14:00 to 15:30

Managing Currency Risk: Learn how to avoid unnecessary losses through better forex management and hedging

14:30 to 15:30

Meet the Experts Guidance on all your legal and financial export queries

16:00 to 17:30

How to Fund Export Growth: Department of International Trade and UK Export Finance

16:00 to 17:30


Managing Currency Risk Learn how to avoid unnecessary losses through better forex management and hedging

16:00 to 17:00

Export Outlook and Opportunities for UK SMEs

from 17:45

In our Evening Session, join Dr. Rebecca Harding as she looks at UK plc’s current position in International trade and shares some thoughts on how the future risks and opportunities might look.  

"Can the UK ever replace its trade with Europe?"

We will also be joined by the Department of International Trade and many influencers operating in International trade and finance.

Join us for drinks and canapes and Dr. Harding's forward view. Tickets are £25+VAT*

*Free for current Workspace Customers 

Workshop 1: Meet the Experts.

This workshop will provide you with access to highly experienced legal and financial experts from our key partners at EFM and The Legal Director. Participating in a small group you can raise your own questions relating to legal, financial and operating challenges, and also learn from the experience of other, exporting businesses. We find that these sessions often open up new commercial opportunities and contacts.

A sample of areas that can be covered: financial instruments, duties, VAT, repatriation of currency, retention of title, local sponsors, local laws, permits, risk management, establishing overseas operations and much more.

We're running two sessions, one at 14:00 to 15:30 and again at 16:00 to 17:30

Workshop 2: How to Fund Export Growth

This workshop, delivered by experts from the Department of International Trade, UK Export Finance and Newable, focuses on the sources of finance that are available and how to reduce finance risk when exporting. You will get advice on the wider export support that is available, and there will be time for your own finance questions to be answered.

We're running one session, 16:00 to 17:30

Workshop 3: Managing Currency Risk.

This workshop provides training, guidance and key tips on how to minimise the costs of doing business in foreign currencies (whether importing or exporting) – and how to reduce risk via simple hedging strategies.

We're running two sessions, one at 14:30 to 15:30 and again at 16:00 to 17:00

Evening Session – Export Outlook and Opportunities for UK SMEs.

Come and network with other companies looking to develop a profitable export strategy. You will get the chance to listen to a leading authority presenting an overview of the UK’s current export activity AND the potential picture post Brexit. You will also hear from the Government’s Department of International Trade on how they aim to assist the UK’s budding exporters!

"Can the UK ever replace its trade with Europe?"

Dr. Rebecca Harding is the co-founder and CEO of Equant-Analytics. She is a serial technology entrepreneur and has also held senior roles in business, academic institutions internationally. These include founder and CEO of Delta Economics,  Senior Fellow at London Business School, CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor worldwide, Head of Corporate Research at Deloitte and Chief Economist at the Work Foundation. In her early career she was a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University and a Reader in Economics at the University of Brighton. She was a Specialist Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee and Chief Economic Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship. She has published 8 books and over 200 articles and reports. Rebecca is a Director of the German British Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts, an Academician for the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and a member of the Society of Business Economists.

Drinks and canapes will be laid on.

Informed Funding is Sponsored by Workspace

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