International Trade opportunities and events from DIT

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The Department for International Trade offer loads of events, webinars, support and access to overseas trade missions and opportunities.

We have just received their latest packed newsletter and there was so much great stuff, we decided it warranted it’s own news feature!

So not a news piece as such, but plenty for you to read through and to get involved with if you are looking to grow through international trade…….Enjoy!


You Can Export: Internationalise Your Marketing
26 February 2020, Sheffield

Working with Overseas Agents, Distributors and Other Partners
5 March 2020, Sheffield

The Latin America and the Caribbean Roadshow
9 March 2020, Manchester
Register before 21 February to secure your one-to-one slots

You Can Export: Preparing Your Business for International Travel
10 March 2020, North Ferriby

Business Culture in China
18 March 2020, Wakefield

Pitching for Business Overseas
19 March 2020, Rotherham
22 April 2020, Elland

Opportunities in the Eastern Economic Corridor, Thailand
21 March 2020, Huddersfield

Researching and Selecting Overseas Markets
24 March 2020, Sheffield

Establishing Business in Germany
28 April 2020, Rotherham

Launch of digital tools for traders

The Department for International Trade has launched two digital tools for businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market.

The free-to-use tools detail product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations and other topics in one place, saving businesses time and making it easier for them to trade.

The Check How to Export Goods tool provides exporters of goods out of the UK with information such as duties and customs procedures for over 160 countries around the world. The tool also provides information about the UK border which is sourced from other government departments such as HMRC and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Trade with the UK tool provides businesses exporting goods into the UK with detailed and up-to-date information on topics such as tariffs, taxes and rules.

Food and drink taster visit to Bruges, 19 – 21 March 2020

DIT invites businesses from the Yorkshire and the Humber region who are eager to explore their export potential, to join us on this taster visit to Bruges.

The visit is ideal for businesses from the food and drink sector, offering products or services which pair well with chocolate.

Please follow link to find out what businesses can get out of this visit.

Successful exporter story: spotlight on TEA+

Harrogate manufacturer TEA+ launched in 2016, bringing their vitamin-infused tea to the growing healthy hot drinks market. Their innovative tea is now selling in over 2000 locations across the UK and is currently expanding into international markets all over the world. Co-Founder James Dawson tells us more about this husband and wife team’s incredible journey and how they received support from DIT.

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Other exciting opportunities – Don’t miss out

Innovation Challenge Fund in Karnataka on Artificial Intelligence/Data Science, India
The Innovation Challenge Fund in Karnataka on Artificial Intelligence/Data Science is open for application in innovative research and development projects in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science that propose tech led or tech enabled solutions to social and/or environmental challenges in India.
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Innovation Challenge Fund 2020 Future Mobility in Maharashtra, India
A new £2 million fund is open for applications for innovative projects in Future Mobility. The Tech Clusters: Innovation Challenge Fund 2020 will advance innovative research and development projects in Future Mobility that propose tech led or tech enabled solutions to social and/or environmental challenges in India. The central aim of the Innovation Challenge Fund is to support the development of the Maharashtra Future Mobility Tech Cluster by promoting closer scientific collaboration between industry and academia, and by promoting links with international counterparts and centres of excellence, including in the UK.
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International Trade Forum – Egyptian Special, 26 February 2020, Brighouse
Attend this event to gain insights into route to the Egyptian market, the new Egypt-UK trade deal and export advice.
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Civil Nuclear Showcase 2020, 3 – 4 March 2020, London
The Civil Nuclear Showcase is set to return in 2020, and promises to live up to its reputation as a unique opportunity for representatives of the international nuclear industry to meet, network and discuss the latest developments in the civil nuclear marketplace. Senior delegates are expected from the UK and across the globe, including Canada, Central Europe, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
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Selby District Business Conference, 19 March 2020, Selby
Come and hear from Katie Thomas from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership on exactly what the Circular Economy is.
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Chemspec India, 14 – 17 April 2020, Mumbai

DIT, in collaboration with Santander, Chemical Industries Association (CIA), and the British High Commission in Mumbai, is offering UK businesses the opportunity to visit Chemspec India, India’s leading international exhibition for the Fine and Speciality Chemicals industry. With free access to DIT’s networking stand, and the opportunity to participate in a tailored programme of business meetings, and high-level networking events, this visit offers unrivalled access to India’s chemicals buyers. Find out how you can join and watch the pre-mission webinar


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Leeds Beckett University has announced the launch of a new accelerator to support the growth of businesses based across the Leeds City Region.

Accelerate is a new six-month business growth programme for the region’s businesses and will launch in September 2019. Delivered as part of the successful ERDF funded programme, AD:VENTURE, Accelerate is specifically designed to help ambitious early stage businesses unlock their full growth potential.

Businesses accessing the support through Accelerate will benefit from a key account manager to provide guidance and support; a diagnostic to help identify strengths and weaknesses and professionally delivered masterclasses covering key topics such as planning for growth and strategic sales and marketing.

The programme also offers individuals up to 12 hours of one to one assistance from Leeds Beckett University and industry experts, as well as opportunities to discuss additional support such as funding and grants.

Leeds Beckett University Business Engagement Manager, Deborah Hetherington, comments: “In order for the Leeds City Region to continue to prosper as a result of such a diverse range of start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, we must nurture and guide them through the unpredictable and often difficult early stages.

“Accelerate will not only create structured support services to help businesses grow, create new jobs and attract a wide range of talent to the region, it will also assist in establishing new specialisms and sectors.

“With so many new and exciting organisations coming through, it reinforces our region as one of the best places in the country to do business.”

The Accelerate programme is available to organisations that are aiming to grow and create jobs in the Leeds City Region; deliver products or services to other businesses rather than direct to the consumer; and any organisations looking for a structured programme, with flexible one to one support.

Candle Digital, is just one example of an organisation that has benefited from access to the AD:VENTURE programme. Set up by former colleagues Andy Jack and Mark Langdale, the company helps training providers transform their materials and expertise into digital products.

After starting the businesses Andy and Mark accessed AD:VENTURE Masterclasses and one to one support with Leeds Beckett academic Mark Copsey.

Andy comments: “Working with AD:VENTURE and Leeds Beckett University has given us the space and time to grow faster and in a more sustainable way. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support that we have received.

“We have a stronger understanding of who we are, why we’re doing this and who we should target. Rather than holding us back, the systems and processes that we now have in place have been a real catalyst for growth.”

For further details about the Accelerate programme or to register your interest, please visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/unisupport/accelerate/