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Aid-for-Trade: Can SMEs be part of the sustainability solution?

Aid-for-Trade: Can SMEs be part of the sustainability solution? Latest report from the Aid-for-trade initiative shows that international trade and investment remain the epicentre of the world economic crisis. Moving forward, with the obvious addition of the war in Ukraine which created a tornado of logistical issues, and moral dilemmas. The OECD report Aid for …

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Being a Tour de Force and other things…. in international trade

Over my career I’ve acted as an ambassador for the world of international trade working on judging panels, most importantly, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade Awards for 13 years. I’ve attended functions from Lancaster House and the Foreign Office to WTO and WCO. Running award ceremonies, honorary dinners, and trade summits around the …

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Export Strategy goal of £1 trillion exports by 2030: reaching for the stars or a pipe dream?

More detail of the upcoming SIITACE 9th June SUMMIT: The idea behind our summit is to explore and highlight some key issues around the UK Government Strategy to reach £1 trillion in exports by 2030. During the morning we will hear from a number of expert speakers outlining their views and opinions on the future …

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India: an alternative to Chinese supply chains or Floodgates?

Speaking on BBC News Channel regarding India UK Trade Deal this Thursday, 21st April, Lesley Batchelor OBE, international trade expert, explains: Great excitement as the Prime Minister is in India to emphasise the importance of Free Trade Agreements and of India in particular as a great producer of goods and services. With a population of …

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Next level export steps

A simple step-by-step guide on how to start in a new export market

International trade, or more importantly exporting, is the one discipline that all governments around the world agree will help them rebalance their economies and bring much needed jobs. Today’s business environment appears to be in a state of shock from the pandemic and lockdowns. And in the UK we have the realisation that Brexit opportunities …

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WTO Rules of origin

Best, easiest explanation: Where do your products originate from? – Rules of Origin explained

What’s been happening … In 2020 the total value of goods imported to the UK was approx. $631.2 billion, that is a huge amount and gives the us a continuing trade deficit year on year. However, a year ago, I wrote an article talking about the state of shock that the business community found itself …

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