How to design for export

For many companies who design and manufacture a physical product the start point is the domestic market, their local customer base. Key factors that influence the design are things like functionality, reliability in service, style and appearance and usually manufacturing cost too. Having worked hard in the home market the …

Plymouth business leaders are planning to visit to the Russian city of Novorossiysk to forge new export opportunities.

From the Plymouth Herald: Representatives from Devon business consultancy International Trade Matters (ITM) and Plymouth-headquartered Devon Chamber of Commerce will be looking to increase trade links with the Black Sea port, twinned with Plymouth since 1956, when they head out east in May 2018. Linda Middleton Jones, managing director of …

What if my company wasn’t “born-global”?

Is your company predominantly trading domestically?  Don’t fit into the category of “born-global”?  Not to worry – global trading is about attitude, not connections, or skills, or knowledge or, perhaps, even strategy. That doesn’t mean you don’t need a good many of these to successfully trade globally.  But attitude may …

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important?

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important? Officer of the Watch examines legislative efforts to avoid disastrous environmental risks posed by ballast water from international shipping The problem: Ships use ballast to control their stability. The ballast can be solid, and historically rocks or iron ingots might have been …

Sterling Facing Critical Week

There’s a perfect storm approaching the pound this week with critical factors affecting Sterling on a collision course. Analysts cite political uncertainty, macroeconomic data and monetary policy as the three main drivers of economy and therefore currency. There isn’t one which is more important than the other and they are …