Building British Business
Global Annual Conference 2023
Tickets for this year's Global Annual Conference, organised by the British Chambers of Commerce, are now available to purchase online. This full day conference is a great opportunity to connect with members from across the UK, link up with colleagues from international Chambers, and hear from senior politicians and business leaders. There is further information below with a link to register.
This week we also provide tips from Moneycorp on saving money through your foreign exchange provision, forthcoming courses to enhance your import and export knowledge and the latest trade updates.
If you have any international trade queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the team on 01223 237414. Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Wednesday 17 May, QEII Centre, London
This full day conference will be an opportunity for business leaders from across the UK, and the globe, to come together to discuss the opportunities for growth to help local communities thrive.
Throughout the day, delegates will hear from key senior politicians and other notable public-figures about their plans for growth. The conference will be centred around four key breakout sessions for thought-provoking discussion amongst peers across the Chamber Network. The four sessions are:
- Green Innovation
- Growth / Local Thriving Communities
Away from the sessions, the Networking Zone is an opportunity for delegates to meet existing and new contacts; and the exhibition stands will see the best of British business, and the Chamber Network, from across the UK and around the world showcasing their work.
BCC welcomes proposals for new protocol agreement
Reacting to news of a proposed agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "The BCC has long been calling for a negotiated solution to the trading difficulties caused by the initial version of the protocol.
“Businesses in both Northern Ireland and Great Britain have been calling for a considerable reduction in checks and documentary requirements to move everyday goods across the Irish Sea. We will be closely considering the legal texts and their full implications, but this appears to be a positive step toward achieving this goal.
“The Green Lane proposal should offer a green light to future prosperity in Northern Ireland. But more broadly businesses in the UK will welcome the potential for stabilising relations with the EU.
“There is now the potential to move to a new phase of co-operation on trade, regulation, climate, migration and supply chain issues. With the UK economy teetering on the cusp of a recession this could help drive growth for both Northern Ireland and the UK more widely.
“We hope the UK Government, EU member state governments, and the EU institutions will seize this opportunity to improve our relationships, cut costs and remove red tape for exporting businesses."
North America Roadshow
Are you interested in exporting to North America?
The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) North America team are visiting 12 cities across the UK until Friday 10 March, to help businesses understand the opportunities in Canada and the USA.
The roadshow sessions will provide key information to help businesses on their export journey. See details here
How Foreign Exchange can save you money
Something often overlooked is saving money through your foreign exchange provision. This can be a smart way to save money quickly without cutting back on other areas of your business.
Chamber Foreign Exchange provider Moneycorp provide five ways
that looking at your foreign exchange provision can help you cut costs in 2023.
Understanding Rules of Origin
Wednesday 8 March, 9.30am-1.00pm
This course will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade Agreements and how to understand and comply with them to help companies be more competitive in export markets.
Wednesday 15 March, 9.30am-1.00pm
It is essential that businesses understand Incoterms® as their use is vital for the successful movement of goods between customers and suppliers around the world.
This half day course will explain Incoterms ® and their importance in international trade contracts.
Thursday 16 March, 9.30am-1.00pm
This course will cover a number of points around logistics including:
- Definitions of transport
- Differences with pallets
- Cargo and marine insurance
- Hazardous goods and dangerous goods notes
- Understanding commodity codes
- The role of your customer and the paperwork
You can view the full list of all our courses on the Chamber website
Courses can also be tailored to meet your company’s specific requirements. For more information about a bespoke course for your company, which can be delivered remotely or in person, please contact the Chamber on 01223 237414.
Last week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) took part in the latest UK government meetings on UKCA/CE marking
. The key stakeholders favour continuity of existing easements to permit CE marked goods to be sold in the UK market beyond the end of 2024. If you have views on this please let Karen Cash