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Explore the Commonwealth week

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With one year to go until the Commonwealth Games 2022 join us for a week of free virtual events to learn about opportunities for your business in a range of Commonwealth markets. Expect virtual 1:1 meetings with export experts, peer to peer learning from Export Champions and market exploration webinars...

Today’s 54 Commonwealth countries account for over 17% of world GDP in Purchasing Power Parity and contain 2.4 billion of the world’s 7½ billion people. Moreover, many Commonwealth countries have favourable demographics compared with several major European countries, where working populations are expected to age and shrink. 

Even without any formal arrangements, trading between Commonwealth countries is 19% cheaper than with non-members. Massive costs cuts come from shared history, cultural links, common legal systems, business practices, and a common language between many Commonwealth countries. This is also known as ‘the Commonwealth advantage’.


About the programme of events:

Game on: Explore the Commonwealth - Meet the Expert

Monday 26 July 2021 - Friday 30 July 2021

Discover trade opportunities across the Commonwealth in this Meet the Expert event. Taking place throughout the week you have the chance to book 1:1 meetings with expert advisers from markets across Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North America. 

Why take part?
This is a great opportunity for UK companies to showcase their products or services to  DIT trade advisers and overseas delivery partners. 

How to book?
This is a dedicated booking portal for this Explore the Commonwealth event to allow you to request and accept 1-2-1 meetings. The system will allow all participants to request and receive meeting requests.


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Doing Business in the Commonwealth 

Monday 26 July 2021 - Thursday 29 July 2021

A series of virtual events focusing on the various HMTC regions and formatted to provide delegates with the following marketing intelligence:

  • Brief overview of the region 
  • Impact of COVID-19 and implications for exporters 
  • Key sectors and markets of opportunity, size, scale of opportunity 
  • Top tips to bear in mind in doing business in this market (e.g. business culture – negotiation styles, how to build a successful relationship, important cultural factors) Common trade barriers and solutions 
  • Support available through DIT and/or delivery partners


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Exporting to the Commonwealth: Discovering Local Successes

Wednesday 28th July 2021, 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM

With one year to go until the 2022 Commonwealth Games join us in this interactive virtual event to hear from six local businesses who have all had success in some of the biggest Commonwealth markets.

From top tips, to challenges to consider, this webinar will give you insight and food for thought into exporting to some of the biggest Commonwealth markets. 

Shehzad Chaudhary, Deputy Director for the Midlands Engine at Department for International Trade will be hosting the event and also sharing how the Department for International Trade can support your business to succeed in these dynamic markets. Joining Shehzad are six Export Champions who have all had global success but will particularly be focusing on the following markets: South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Singapore and Malaysia. You'll learn all about their experiences and have the chance to pitch your questions to the panel.


About the Export Champions:

Ravi Karia - Ravi is Commercial Director at Universal Textiles based in Leicester. They are online retailers supplying clothing and home textiles products on e-marketplaces. The business has been selling into Canada and Australia for over 5 years on marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Walmart.
Sandra Murphy - Sandra is Managing Director at Equidiet (UK) based in the East Midlands. They are Equine Nutritional Hydrotherapy Specialists and sell their products in Singapore and Malaysia.

Zeynep Turudi - Zeynep is Managing Director at Truede based in Coventry. They produce natural Turkish Delight and luxury confectionery products. Zeynep has experience selling into India, Australia and Canada.

Liz Villani - Liz is Founder of Courageous Success. They are a digital business who offer learning and development at work training on a global scale. Australia was their first export market back in 2013 so Liz has lots of great experience to share.
Riccardo Cipriani - Riccardo is Regional Distribution Manager at Southco Manufacturing based in Worcester. Southco manufacture a range technical fastenings. Ric will be giving his top tips on partnership and distribution agreements when selling into South Africa.
Andrew Riley - Andrew is Chairman at Mechatherm International based in Dudley. They are a leading provider of bespoke casthouse equipment to the Aluminium industry, specialising in client-focused solutions. Andrew has vast experience and know-how on exporting to a range of Commonwealth markets with a focus on his experience in India.


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