Adding international trade compliance to the mix

Why not add a specific Non-Executive Director role to your board to help stay ahead of the international ESG issues?

In recent years, there has been a growing focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) considerations in the business world. Companies are increasingly expected to operate in a way that is environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and governed in an ethical and transparent manner. This trend is being driven by several factors, including pressure from investors, […]

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Lesley Batchelor OBE is elevated to a CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Lesley Batchelor OBE has been elevated to a CBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her work promoting International Trade and helping UK businesses navigate the trading environment and, much needed, export economic growth in readiness for the new post Brexit opportunities. The award follows on from her 2014 OBE, since

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Weakest Pound since 1985 Offers UK Exporters a Showcase to the World

A weak pound means cheaper exports and more expensive imports. This provides an opportunity for everyone around the world to take advantage of this short term. However, unless you can build a strategy to support a price rise and manage your foreign exchange exposure, it will be exactly that a short-term fix. We’re going to

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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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