Latin America

Article Date: 25 July 2014

 The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Industry and UK Trade & Investment would like to thank everyone who supported the Doing Business in Latin America event on Thursday 17th July at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel.


Trade specialists from the British Chambers of Commerce Overseas Business Network Initiative (OBNi) took centre stage to highlight the potential for British companies in the Latin American markets. Trade specialists shared their industry experience and knowledge, and highlighted opportunities in Chile, Columbia, Mexico and Brazil.
From left to right:- Laura Atkinson – British Business Centre Mexico, Jorge Batarce – British Chamber of Commerce Santiago, Mandy Lockett – East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Greg Holland – British Chamber of Commerce Santiago, Susana Cordoba – Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Wright – UK Colombia Trade Colombia, Rose Woodman – British Business Centre Mexico
Speaking on behalf of the British Chamber of Commerce Overseas Business Network, Mandy Lockett, International Trade & Training Director said:
Chambers of Commerce around the world help companies to take advantage and prepare for international opportunities. The Latin American trade delegation were on hand to advise our Lancashire Businesses about approaching and expanding into these markets safely, and showcased a number of exciting developments and business opportunities to encourage our companies to consider these markets.
UK Trade & Investment, the UKs Government Department tasked with increasing the number of exporters, advised companies of the specialist export support programme and services available for new and young exporters. The Passport to Export service is an export assessment and support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), and provides new or inexperienced exporters with training, planning and support to grow their business overseas.
Finally, a very special thank you to Sovereign Beverage Ltd in Blackburn, global traders in alcoholic beverages, who shared their personal journey of how they introduced premium-branded beers into Brazil.
The British Chamber of Commerce Overseas Business Network Initiative (OBNi) aims to transform the support available for British SMEs seeking to do business in high-growth, hard-to-access markets across the world. For further information on the OBNi, UKTIs support for exporters or future events and opportunities please contact: Abigail Peake by e-mail on or alternatively01254 356473.

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