Over the past decade, China has become a veritable economic powerhouse. The Chinese market has helped to launch and grow hundreds of UK businesses and, despite the current widespread media debate around the state of the Chinese economy, it is still registering a healthy rate of growth and there are still huge opportunities for UK […]
Posted on 7th June 2016 in International Trade.
There are rich commercial opportunities for businesses bold enough to look beyond borders. Just look at the EU ─ over half a billion people and 22 million enterprises. Potential customers are multiplied by an order of magnitude. As the saying goes ─ “who dares wins”. Trust what you already know Effective international marketing has been transformed […]
Posted on 2nd June 2016 in International Trade.
Expansion of any type can be tricky for small businesses. It’s all about striking the right balance between consolidating what your business is already good at and looking to raise the bar– the end goal being to substantially grow your organisation’s operations.
Posted on 25th May 2016 in International Trade.
A number of countries set a minimum threshold for goods below which no import duties or taxes apply and customs procedures are simplified. Previously, the USA set this de minimis value at $200 – making it relatively easy to import any goods below this value. The good news is that, as from March 2016, this […]
Posted on 23rd May 2016 in International Trade.
The aerospace industry is flying high, and the UK is one of the biggest players boasting the world’s second largest industry. As a major aerospace exporter, in 2013, almost three-quarters (74%) of total British aerospace exports were outside of the EU. Consequently, aircraft manufacturers’ order books have never been so full, leading to a host […]
Posted on 20th May 2016 in International Trade.
Globally, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that sell products overseas generate average revenues of $1.5 million from those exports each year. Moreover, in every market surveyed by FedEx, businesses who exported experienced an average annual growth rate of 11% or more compared to their non-exporting counterparts.
Posted on 18th May 2016 in International Trade.
Over the last 30 years China has experienced unprecedented social, structural and economical change bringing huge opportunities for e-commerce merchants. With online retail sales in China hitting $589 billion in 2015, the country has overtaken the US and UK markets with their combined sales of $505.97 billion. Moreover, the Chinese market is expected to triple […]
Posted on 13th May 2016 in International Trade.
With the UK’s EU referendum looming ever closer, it seems you can hardly turn on a television or glance at a newspaper at the moment without being bombarded by politicians and economists telling you why a vote to ‘remain’ or a vote to ‘leave’ is the ‘right thing to do’.
While big business has spoken out in favour of remaining in the EU, many smaller companies have been less than enthusiastic. In a way that’s understandable: ‘Big Brother’ EU seems at times against the spirit of entrepreneurship, and to impose unwonted costs and bureaucracy that small businesses can ill-afford. As a fast-growing small and medium-sized […]
Posted on 28th April 2016 in International Trade.
Global terrorism and international political conflicts are becoming increasingly exposed within the media and, with this growing public awareness, businesses are falling under more scrutiny than ever to provide their employees with comprehensive and reliable travel risk management plans when travelling abroad. However, knowing what plans to put in place and making the most of […]
Posted on 27th April 2016 in International Trade.
Brand owners need to be aware that recent changes to EU trade mark legislation could leave some trade marks with a reduced scope of protection. Brands need to take action to address this within the next six months, or risk being left with narrower intellectual property (IP) rights than they originally sought. Up until June […]
Posted on 26th April 2016 in International Trade.
You’d have to be ignoring TV and newspapers not to recognise that one of the biggest topics for businesses across the UK this year is the upcoming EU referendum. Until June, the nation will be fiercely debating the pros and cons, and rightly so. This is one of the most significant decisions for the UK […]