EAST Lancashire businesses were given an exclusive insight into the results of a new poll regarding next month’s European Union Referendum when one of the UK’s leading research experts spoke at an international trade event.

Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics for the British Chamber of Commerce, presented the third and latest poll undertaken to gauge the opinion of businesses ahead of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, which takes place in five weeks’ time.

Mike addressed some of the main issues that are concerning businesses ahead of the EU referendum vote on June 23.

The British Chamber of Commerce is set to issue a full report this week, which will give both sides’ responses to the questions that were most frequently asked during their focus group research.

Speaking at the latest meeting of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce International Trade Club at the Dunkenhalgh in Clayton-le-Moors,

Mike said: “What comes out is the desire to understand the practicalities
Businesses are keen to know what will be the reality of staying in or leaving the EU, and what will be the impact on their business?

Delegates were also given some top tips on trading internationally by Vickie Fox, Director of Trade Programmes andAnastassia Beliakova, Internal Affairs Officer at the British Chamber of Commerce.

Vickie and Anastassia explained 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.

And David Lenehan, of Blackburn-based manufacturer Northern Industrial Electronics, explained how the company is flourishing on the international stage, having grown by 346% over the last 5 years largely due to exports.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner of Cassons who sponsor the International Trade Club, said: “Our guest speakers provided some fascinating insights on various aspects of international trade.

“Vickie and Anastassia extolled the virtues of the Global Business Network, providing practical examples to illustrate how it can help East Lancashire businesses looking to trade internationally.

“We also heard from David Lenehan at Northern Industrial Electronics, who are a great example of a local business that is flourishing on the international stage.

“David stressed the importance of making sure you communicate in your target customer’s language. NIE boasts a website with 4 million pages, which is translated into 20 different languages!”

Tom Blenkinsop, who is a VAT adviser in Cassons’ specialist tax team, also spoke briefly about 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 advised on the new implications of SOLAS (safety of life at sea) convention, which will affect exporters moving goods internationally.

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.

Photos of the day and further details are also available here

For more information please contact Marie White on 01254 356473 or m.white@chamberelancs.co.uk