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Northern Powerhouse E-Commerce Panel Discussion

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020 11:00-12:00

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Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) for a Northern Powerhouse E-Commerce Sector Panel Discussion on Tuesday 27th October 2020.

Are you planning your next phase of development for your online retail business? Join this panel of experts for a live online discussion of how to plan the international growth of your ecommerce business.

Before you reach out to new markets you need to consider a few key points such as:

  • What are the fastest growing markets online, which products are selling well  and how do you plan a successful expansion in the current climate?
  • With so many different ways of reaching buyers , how do you assess your options?
  • What support is available to help you expand successfully and minimise the risk

Hear first-hand from Ecommerce experts and successful online sellers about their experience of trading through their most challenging year yet  and discover their top tips for survival and expansion. 

The discussion will cover business-critical issues such as:

  • Options for reaching customers – looking at direct web sales, eMarket places such as Amazon and including the rise of online B2B platforms and online retailers
  • Understanding global market places
  • Ensuring competitiveness on new marketplaces
  • Financing the expansion- grants and other funding options for businesses

The panel will also take questions from participants and help you to overcome your business obstacles so you can confidently move forward with your plans.

Please note, this event is for Ecommerce sellers who are already actively selling successfully to the UK market and would like to focus their next development steps on overseas sales or sellers who have sold reactively overseas but would like to develop an ecommerce strategy.

When registering your interest we will ask you a number of elegibilty questions. 

This event will take place on Microsoft Teams, you will receive an invite with joining instructions shortly after you register. We ask that all delegates have their microphones muted and cameras turned off when joining the meeting. Please submit any questions you may have on the registration form or in the chat box on the day, thank you. 



Sue Beverley
International Trade Adviser
The Department for International Trade
Sue is an International Trade Advisor specialising in E Commerce for The Department for International Trade in the North East. With expertise in helping businesses grow their revenue from international sales, Sue provides advice and support with Ecommerce, marketing, sales, channel management and logistics. Prior to working for DIT, Sue was a partner in a Destination Marketing and Events company and held several Director level positions within the Meetings and Events Industry gaining over 20 years' experience of planning and delivering large-scale strategic marketing and communications campaigns. She is a past UK Chair of the British Association of Conference Destinations and also spent a number of years working as a Senior Associate with The Audit Commission.
Tom Dixon
Ecommerce Specialist
The Department for International Trade
Tom is an Ecommerce Specialist within the E-Exporting programme at DIT, developing the UK Government's digital export strategy, delivering support to UK companies, and advancing ecommerce as a mechanism to the grow the British economy. He helps large B2C brands and high-potential, fast-growing companies cultivate opportunities and achieve export success. He manages DITs strategic partnerships with global marketplaces. Tom has held various ecommerce focused roles for the last 10 years working with start-ups, SMEs and large international brands. Tom has a passion for ecommerce technology and has a strong background in growing brands digitally.
Erin Graybill
Managing Director
Luxe England
Erin Graybill is the founder and Managing Director of Luxe England - a UK based company that specialises in beauty and lifestyle products with the purpose to exceed the expectations of its global customers through high quality, unique bundles.
Jessica McNally
International E-Commerce Adviser
The Department for International Trade
A marketing and digital professional with experience in both large and small retail organisations, with a background in digital including international trading, campaign planning, copywriting, email marketing and CRM. Passionate about delivering inspiring content and success through large-scale marketing campaigns. Working as an International E-Commerce Adviser to support businesses through global expansion online, through both marketplaces and own website development.
Frank van den Berg
Managing Director
Infinity Blue Marketplaces
Frank offers a wealth of knowledge in international business, marketing and product management. He began his career at Unilever London in product management, which would see him move on to Director of Marketing at Renault Netherlands, followed by 9 years at General Motors, where he was their first International e-Commerce Director. Frank then went on to set up the company that has now developed into InfinityBlue Marketplaces 10 years ago. Frank is the CEO of the company, with seven offices established internationally in Amsterdam, Cambridge, Chicago, Leeds, Shanghai, Sao Paolo and Warsaw. InfinityBlue boasts a client base of 75 companies, with whom they are currently working extensively with in marketplace management and marketing.
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