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Brexit over breakfast with the International Trade Club

Event Date: 05 October 2017

Our prestigious breakfast meetings provide vital, informative presentations from guest speakers specifically designed for our Importers and Exporters to develop their knowledge of key issues and to share their experiences with fellow members.

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Senior Lecturer at the York Management School, Simon Mollan, outlined three potential scenarios for Brexit: hard, soft, and limbo — and what these might mean for businesses in the region.

 International Business officer Marie White said: “Simon’s talk inspired real heated discussion from delegates who are already dealing with the consequences of the Brexit vote.

 “One of the key purposes of the international trade club is to discuss important aspects of international trade and current issues and gain insight from key speakers. Clearly Brexit and terrorism represent two of the challenges for all our members.”

 Louise Green, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor for Lancashire Constabulary, discussed the current terrorist threat level focussing on both international terrorism and domestic extremism. She explained that the threat still exists — and may become heightened — from Northern Ireland and Sinn Fein, also animal rights and environmental campaigners such as antifracking. Louise also discussed Project Griffin which provides support to businesses and training for employees.

 Andrew Turner, Managing Director of Altham-based composite tube makers Langtec Limited shared some of the experiences, pitfalls and successes he has faced in the export market. In particular he spoke about attending and exhibiting at trade shows, and how to make an impression on a small budget. His latest eye-catching novelty has been to hand out branded paper planes which have proved hugely popular.

 The meeting at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa was attended by over 50 delegates, who are all actively involved in international trade. Run by the International Business team of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by accountants and business advisers Cassons, the International Trade Club helps importers and exporters develop their knowledge of current issues and share experiences with fellow members.

 Les Nutter, managing partner at Cassons, added: “These breakfast events are an invaluable source of up to the minute information. We recommend them to any businesses serious about exporting.”

The next event is the 2017 International Trade Awards and Gala Luncheon which will celebrate 60 years of the International Trade Club. Entertainment will be provided by former Air Traffic Controller Phil Holt who gives an insight into this pressurised world. Entries are open now for the 2017 International Trade Awards.Download the Flyers below. 

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To connect with like-minded exporters and importers and to check availability please contact Marie White on 01254 356448 or email

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