A beautiful autumnal day in October, the Castle Hotel in Taunton was certainly looking its best. The venue for the first Institute of Export Global Summit in the South West ‘The Commonwealth and Beyond’ was perfect. The South West has a wide range of industries that can be exported from financial services to agritec, advanced engineering to creative design, marine to aviation – representing the wealth of our region.
The Commonwealth and Beyond, the theme of the event and representatives from companies and organisations both far and wide came to hear of the opportunities for British goods in the fifty-three countries that are members of the Commonwealth, in Russia and in China. They heard how Brexit may affect their European contracts and/or relationships and how technological advances will affect change for exporters.
The line-up of expert speakers gave the audience valuable information on overseas opportunities for local businesses as well as routes to market through DIT and local providers.
The event was hailed by the attendees as ‘amazing’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘first class’. Contacts were made and the state of the South West nation discussed. There will be similar events in North Devon and in Plymouth in 2017 bringing top speakers to meet with companies serious about growth in overseas markets.
About the Institute of Export:
Established in 1935, the Institute of Export is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.
Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.