Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Following the success of the Institute of Export & International Trade’s (IOE&IT) South West World Trade Summit last year, we will be hosting a second event on July 6th in partnership with the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) at Plymouth University.

Aimed at businesses in the South West who are working in, or have an interest in international trade, the ‘Blueprint for Global Britain’ will examine the issues and opportunities in accessing new markets and the debate will help shape the future of global commerce.

The summit, which is sponsored by local law firm Bond Dickinson and export consultancy Middleton Jones, starts with registration and coffee at 9.00am at the University of Plymouth Portland Square building. The morning session’s focus is ‘Brexit and International Trade’. After lunch, the vibrant conference will turn its attention to ‘Enabling the South West International Trade Performance’.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be the Institute’s new president, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint. He will be joined by some of the leading authorities on export markets from a mix of industry and academia, who will bring together a wealth of thought leadership on Brexit and beyond.

Among the industry speakers is Alastair Ross, director at Codexx, who will focus on ‘Innovating product and service value for global markets’. He will be joined by Stephen Dilley, partner at Bond Dickinson; Iman El Sherif, secretary general of the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and Tim Jones of Devon & Cornwall Business Council.

Also on the platform will be Siddharth Mukne, regional head at UK India Business Council; John Worthington CEO at IBT Online; and Miles Carden, Aerohub Cornwall.

From the University of Plymouth, speakers will include Professor Judith Petts, Vice Chancellor; Dr Andrea Walmsley who will speak on ‘Enterprise Education and Regional Support after Brexit’; Janakan Sothinathan speaking on the ‘effect of internationalisation on the innovation of SMEs in emerging markets’; and Dr Lise Hunter, ‘UK Enabling Trade index and impact after Brexit’.

IOE&IT director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, will give closing remarks before the Summit continues with a drinks reception and networking event from 5.00pm, kindly sponsored by South Western Distillery and featuring their award-winning Tarquin’s Gin.

She said: “In an ever-changing business environment, the Institute is continuing to drive its remit to raise the skills of those involved in international trade by engaging with business and government to explore and enhance international options that are available to South West businesses.”

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The South West Summit is £25 + VAT for IOE&IT members and £50 + VAT for non-members. You can register for your tickets at www.export.org.uk/SWSummit.


For more information about the event please contact Sam Pileggi on 01733 404419 samp@export.org.uk or Linda Middleton-Jones on 07734 366855 Linda.Middleton-Jones@export.org.uk

About the Institute of Export & International Trade


The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) was established in 1935 and is incorporated as a registered charity under the patronage of HRH The Duke of Kent. The Institute’s mission is to enhance the export performance of the United Kingdom by setting and raising professional standards in international trade management and export practice. This is achieved principally by the provision of education and training programmes.

Dedicated to professionalism and recognising the challenging and often complex trading conditions in international markets, the Institute is committed to the belief that real competitive advantage lies in competence and that commercial power, especially negotiating power, is underpinned by a sound basis of knowledge.

The IOE&IT is the only professional body in the UK offering recognised, formal qualifications in International Trade. As an awarding body with the QCF the IOE&IT is registered to make and grant qualifications. This includes modern apprenticeships, foundation degrees and all six levels of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

Visit http://www.export.org.uk/ for more information on the Institute.