Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is not a pre-nup. While it provides for the outgoing Member State to establish legal grounds for a future relationship with the Union, it has nothing to say about the form of that relationship. European leaders have made it clear to their British counterparts that the coming negotiations, to […]
Posted on 4th July 2016 in International Trade.
At FedEx, we like to say that any small business can be a global business. But what will decide the winners and losers of tomorrow is not size, but the agility, the adaptability and the mindset to think differently. That starts with thinking big.
Posted on 22nd June 2016 in International Trade.
There have been moments over the last 100 days of EU Referendum campaigning where I have felt like screaming at the television over some of the infantile behaviour of many of our senior, and apparently well educated, politicians. BREXIT is not a game but the ‘he said, she said’ playground bickering on our screens is exhausting and unappealing. Where’s […]
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.