A greater sense of adventure to explore international trade
This was the call to arms for businesses as we hosted an International Trade Event at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry yesterday.
Run in conjunction with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Export Experts magazine, the audience heard from our experts at Cowgill Holloway and speakers from the DIT and UK Export Finance.
With more than 50 attendees, the event was aimed at businesses from across the region, who are either currently exporting, or are considering starting their export journey to enable their business’ growth.
We were also joined by a panel – Duo Packaging; Hartley Botanic; Clarke Energy and Acdoco – who shared their own candid export stories highlighting issues such as stark cultural differences in specific markets; the need for a solid support network of advisers and funders; and how to position your brand and product to market it effectively in other markets.
Presentations from the event are available for download – click here to download.
Speaking about the event, Partner and Head of Tax Lisa Wilson, said: “It’s clear to see there’s a lot of hunger and desire for the region’s businesses to export their products and services. Despite headlines around uncertainty holding businesses back, the event highlighted an underlying confidence in how international trade can open up new markets for the UK.”
Chris Taylor from Represent Clothing attended the International Trade Event. Represent is a British streetwear line founded by brothers George and Mike Heaton, headquartered in Manchester. The fashion brand began in 2012 and its apparel is currently sold in 150 stores around the world, including the Unites States and Europe. The company has debuted its latest two collections at New York Fashion Week and is focused on growing its customer base internationally to reach new markets overseas.
Chris Taylor said: “We’re already selling our products across Europe and the US and have grown our demand through less traditional methods such as Instagram. The Cowgill Holloway and DIT event was genuinely eye-opening as to where there may be more opportunities for our brand across the globe and it was really useful to hear from such a range of experts about how we can further develop our own export journey for the next stage of our business’ evolution.”
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