Previous Events in 2014:

This section of our website records details of previous events in 2014 held by the Devon International Trade Forum. The information below is to inform you about the topics and items which were discussed by the various industry experts.

10th November 2014
Dartington Hall, Totnes - In joint partnership with Plymouth International Trade Club

Julie Unsworth
Ian Smith
Roger Charles
Serenay Yilmaz and Umut Gur
Karine Davies

Introduction by Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Tim Sheehan – DITF Chairman

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce introduced the main Sponsor and Speakers.

Sponsors Presentation - Santander

By Julie Unsworth, Santander - Driving Demand

Helping businesses go further around the World by turning the fear of the unknown into knowledge and trust. Know where your market is and connect with trustworthy counterparts so that you can trade with confidence in overseas and most importantly, make sure that you get paid.

European Work Placements

By Ian Smith, The Training Partnership Ltd

Ian gave a brief outline of EU Mobility programmes highlighting the benefits of European Work Placements students in the workplace, how it works and ways in which businesses can become involved.

Case Study

By Roger Charles, British Beds Worldwide

Roger Charles, British Beds Worldwide shared his experiences in the world of exporting. Including: how they started; how they go about it; what to avoid; and how to receive help through agencies. To inspire micro-businesses (who perhaps work from home) Roger provided reassurance that companies of all sizes can trade overseas and you are never too small to export!”

Trading with Turkey

By Serenay Yilmaz and Umut Gur, British Turkish Business Council

Export Week

By Karine Davies, UKTI

Karine gave a round up of what the UKTI does and give some information on the up and coming events during export week.

29th January 2014
Innovation Centre at Exeter University

Trevor Sewell
Geoff Harding
Paul Stevenson
Chris Knight
Tony Cutmore

This meeting of the Devon International Trade Forum took place on Wednesday 29th January 2014. The meeting was held at the Innovation Centre at Exeter University and was generously sponsored by UPS.

As usual, the event was free of charge for exporting businesses to attend and featured a programme of short talks on international trade related subjects from industry professionals and local exporting companies.

During the event the following representations were given.

Introduction by Tim Sheehan – DITF Chairman

Tim introduced the main Sponsor and Speakers.

Sponsors Presentation – UPS

 UPS sponsor of devon international trade forum

By Trevor Sewell, Account Director at UPS

Overcoming Barriers to Export: "Using Logistics to Grow your Business"

  • > Results from our Export Nation survey, which demonstrates that exporting is key for business growth.
  • > Overcoming barriers to exporting.
  • > Using logistics to grow your business, how UPS can help you to Export and Grow.

Global Economic Review and Forecast

By Geoff Harding, Bank of England, South West

Geoff covered the Bank’s latest thinking on the UK and the wider economy, and the prospects for 2014, as well as outlining some of the puzzles currently confronting policy makers. He was particularly interested in hearing firms’ own thoughts about prospects for the year ahead.

International Marketing

“Think Global, Act Local” - The financial value of in-market expertise

By Paul Stevenson, Wall To Wall Sunshine

Paul’s 25+ year marketing career has its origins in advertising with over 10 years of international placements on 4 continents with responsibilities for over 20 countries.

Ensuring success in your international market(s) takes more than just ‘turning up’. Find out how the Wall To Wall Sunshine outsourced marketing model can leverage your in-house skill sets to realise your full potential.

Export Events Diary

By Chris Knight, UK Trade & Investment

Chris gave a round up of international trade related events taking place locally and throughout the South West region over the next few months.

Case Study

By Tony Cutmore, Managing Director of Centek Ltd

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