ONE of the UK’s leading experts in international trade will share some of her best ‘trade secrets’ at a breakfast event for East Lancashire businesses.


Vickie Fox, Director of Trade Programmes and Anastassia Beliakova, Internal Affairs Officer at the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), are two of the four guest speakers at the latest meeting of the International Trade Club.

Vickie and Anastassia will explain how the Chamber’s Global Business Network can offer practical, business-to-business support in over 40 high growth and emerging markets to East Lancashire companies wanting to trade internationally.

The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union will also feature prominently on the agenda, with delegates set to discover the findings of the latest poll of BCC members.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner of International Trade Club sponsors Cassons, said:

“The British Chamber of Commerce’s Global Business Network offers a range of support for companies wishing to import or export. Whether it’s navigating the legal challenges in each particular market, finding a local partner or getting frank advice on how to position your product in a country for the first time, the Global Business Network can provide assistance on all aspects of international trade, quickly and reliably.”

David Lenehan, of Northern Industrial Electronics, which was highly commended at the 2015 International Trade Club awards, will also talk about the firm’s experiences of trading globally.

The Blackburn-based manufacturer, which recently secured deals in Guam, Mauritius and the Faroe Islands, has seen exports hit an all-time high.

Les added: “It’s great to see an East Lancashire business flourishing on the international stage and we look forward to hearing David talk about some of NIE’s experiences.”

Tom Blenkinsop, who is a VAT adviser in Cassons’ specialist tax team, will speak briefly on the VAT issues UK businesses need to consider when selling to customers based overseas.

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand to help our exporters gain a clearer understanding about the changes to the safety at life at sea (SOLAS) regulation reinforced from 1st July 2016 which will impact upon your export practices.

The International Trade Club event takes place at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Accrington on Thursday May 12.

The event starts at 8am and includes breakfast and an opportunity to network with other likeminded businesses.

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The International Trade Club is run by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce International Trade Team and is sponsored by Cassons. The aim of the Club is to help importers and exporters develop their knowledge of current issues and share experiences.

“These networking sessions are very informative and enhance my knowledge, not only of exporting but from a business side also. I meet and network with a lovely bunch of like-minded people who are all brought together by a very knowledgeable and friendly Chamber who are always on hand to offer help”.
Peter Hoban Ritherdon & Co, Darwen