Lancashire International Trade Event

Article Date: 05 June 2009

Who should attend

Directors, senior managers and sales executives involved in business expansion and international trade. The briefing will assume you are trading or are interested in trading overseas. 
A truly global recession has not been manifest since the Great Depression of the 1930s. As UK Business battles on to survive and beat the downturn, exporting goods and services could help to overcome the hardship of recession.  On the back of a weaker pound there has been a significant increase in exports. Through its long history of international trade, the UK has developed a tradition of openness, flexibility and free trade – making it an ideal hub for cross-border trading. 
With its cultural diversity and wealth of experience in manufacturing, retail, ICT, tourism, agriculture and the provision of services - Lancashire should be at the forefront of international trade. Through innovative concepts and ideas, entrepreneurship and hard work, and good practical advice – there is no reason why Lancashire Businesses cannot succeed in business overseas and take advantage of international markets.

Delegates will learn about:
·    The benefits of trading overseas
·    The help available to start and increase international trade
·    Key tax aspects of trading overseas
·    Advice on legal issues
·    Protecting intellectual property
·    Shipping & investment in the Gulf 
·    Investment opportunities
Delegates can also take part in a question and answer session with an expert panel, ‘one-to-one’ sessions with the experts, and other networking opportunities.

08:30 – 09:00       Registration and Breakfast
09:00 – 09:10       Welcome – Michael Damms MBE, Chief Executive, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
09:10 – 10:45       Expert Presentations
10:45 – 11:15       Expert Panel Questions & Answers
11:15 – 12:00       'One-to-One' Sessions with Experts, Exhibitors, Refreshments and Networking
12:00                      Close
About the experts:
Michael Damms MBE, Chief Executive, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber provides business support services into the wider business community, with specific emphasis on gaining new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs. An internationally experienced graduate engineer with a subsequent career in the logistic sector, Michael Damms has vigorously implemented the Chamber’s policy “to help improve the local economy” and has represented both the sub-region and the North West on a number of boards and committees.
David Hillan, Director - Large Corporate and International, KPMG
KPMG UK is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax, financial and risk advisory. As a specialist in International tax, David Hillan’sclients include FTSE listed groups together with owner managed businesses who are looking to expand overseas for the first time
John-Paul Rooney, Patent Attorney, Appleyard Lees European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
John-Paul works extensively with inventors of electronics and software-related patents.  He has obtained patents in the UK, Europe and the US for local and international clients, and provides opinions on the patentability of new products and methods and infringement issues. 
David Moy, Trade Mark Attorney, Appleyard Lees European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
David Moy specialises in trade mark prosecution, and represents local and international clients at Trade Mark Offices throughout the world, including the UK, Europe and the US.  He is able to handle all aspects of trade mark work, as well as being a fully qualified UK patent attorney with a background in chemistry.
Ian Parker, Operational Team Leader, UKTI, Associate Member of the Institute of Export
UK Trade & Investment help businesses rise to the exciting opportunities and challenges that globalisation offers. They work with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.  As an International Trade Adviser Ian Parker provides professional advice on a range of services, including financial subsidies, export documentation, contacts in overseas markets, overseas visits, e-commerce, export training and market research.
Sikander Badat, Head of Special Projects, Bolton Council.
Sikander Badat was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his long and effective service to the communities and economies of Bolton and the North West Region. One of his key responsibilities is to develop trading and investment relationships between Bolton, City Regions and Emerging Economies such as India and China. He has participated in a number of high-level overseas trade missions.  
Sheikh Tariq Abdullah, Managing Partner, Law Offices of Sheikh Tariq Abdullah, Aden, Republic of Yemen
The Law Offices of Sheikh Tariq Abdullah is the oldest and the most respected law office in the Arabian Sub-Peninsula dating back to 1927. Sheikh Tariq Abdullah’s experience has been acknowledged by his leading position in the prestigious Chamber’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. Advising most of the world’s top law firms, his clients include Coca Cola, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, HSBC, Standard Bank, ExxonMobil, BP and Johnson & Johnson as well as being Honorary legal adviser to Her Majesty's British Ambassador to Yemen.
Jason Butler, Regional International Commercial Manager, HSBC
HSBC understand that knowledge of the local social and cultural differences is key to international business. They offer a wealth of information, support and resources to help you make better international business decisions. Jason Butler is the Northwest Regional focal point for HSBC's international proposition.  He is primarily tasked with enhancing HSBC's interaction, through the network of commercial centres, with trading companies that either aspire to or already trade internationally.  A qualified Mechanical Engineer and wilderness trekking instructor he has spent many years exploring the globe, but is very happy to be back in the region he calls home.
Mandy Lockett, International Trade and Training Manager, East Lancs Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Institute of Export
The international trade team is nationally recognised for providing an extensive range of business support advice, services and products covering most aspects of importing and exporting, including but not limited to market research, marketing entry methods, international trade representation and agreements, terms and conditions for quotations and contracts, payment terms and methods, international documentation and HMRC information. Mandy Lockett's credentials are based on almost 20 years extensive experience as a company export sales manager, travelling widely to markets around the world, and an international trade manager at the Chamber. Her responsibilities encompass all aspects of international trade and delivery of training courses throughout the UK.
A limited number of exhibitor spaces are still available – please contact us for further information. Interested delegates should reserve a place without delay to avoid disappointment.
Please RSVP by emailing or calling 0125Veritas Solicitors LLP invite you to join them for the
Lancashire International Trade Event 2009
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Friday 26 June 2009
Blackburn Enterprise Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn, BB1 3HQ


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