The importance of treating international trade as a serious profession and embedding it into the nation’s psyche has been emphasised at a summit spearheaded by the Institute of Export.
IOE Director General Lesley Batchelor, OBE joined a powerful line up of presenters for the one day event at Gresham College, entitled, “Exporting: if we keep doing what we’re doing…”
The International headlines on West Africa particularly on Sierra Leone has recently been focusing on the Ebola crisis which has negatively impacted the region’s economic, political and social fabrics. So the Institute of Export was pleased to support a forum organised by the Union of Sierra Leoneans (USL) UK & IRE at the House of Commons on Monday 13th October 2014 by courtesy of Mr Jeremy Lefroy. – Member of the International Development Committee and Member of Parliament for Stafford, who was the keynote speaker.
The theme of the event was “Trade and Investment – Destination Sierra Leone” and it was well attended. Participants included diplomats and staff from the Sierra Leone High Commission, members from the Institute of Export, Dawnus, UKTI, young entrepreneurs from various African communities including Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. The Chairman for the occasion was Mr David Billingsby International Advisor from UKTI. The Guest speakers’ topics related to trade and investment were as follows:
- Lesley Batchelor, OBE, Institute of Export – Skills, Training & Information: Careers in International Trade & Enterprise
- Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford – IDC Inquiry into Sierra Leone.
- H E Tamba Ngegba, Sierra Leone deputy High Commissioner – Taxes and Incentives for Investing in Sierra Leone
- Bryan Treherne, MBE, Chair South London Export Club – Exporting Opportunities & Accessing Finance
The audience demonstrated great appetite for trade and investment on import and export entrepreneurship and seemed interested in gaining adequate knowledge and accessibility to global opportunities for start up or sustainable businesses.
L-R David Billingsby UKTI, Tamba Ngegba – Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner , Jeremy Lefroy MP, Bryan Treherne MBE, Lesley Batchelor OBE, Thelma Williams USL member.
It was with some surprise that Lesley Batchelor, the Director General of the Institute of Export heard that Richard Pennycook, the CEO of the CO-operative Group, found it difficult to manage the levels of management and the volunteer governance structure he had inherited – especially when it reflected the way in which many trade associations and professional bodies conduct themselves.
Like many institutions incorporated in the last century (the Institute of Export was established in 1935), we have been using articles of association and bylaws that tried to bridge the requirements of the Companies Act and the Charity Commission.
We are celebrating the success of the largest cohort of students to graduate from our flagship two year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade.
Students completed the internationally accredited course which has been developed by the IOE in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University to specifically meet the needs of businesses and their employees trading in a competitive global market.
The IOE would like to extend its warmest congratulations to our Vice President, Dr Rami Ranger MBE, on the opening of a new centre for graduate entrepreneurship which has been created in his name at the London South Bank University.
A passionate advocate for both education and entrepreneurialism, Dr Ranger, a five time winner of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade, recently donated a quarter of million pounds to the university to support student entrepreneurship activities and to finance the opening of the Dr Rami Ranger MBE Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship, which will provide a hub and workspace for students and graduates on enterprise programmes.
The setting for this year’s Queen’s Awards Gala Dinner was London’s historic and majestic Clothworkers’ Hall. The sumptuous surroundings provided the perfect location to celebrate the outstanding achievements of more than 100 British businesses winners of The Queen’s Award for International Trade in Enterprise.
The annual event, which was organised and hosted by The Institute of Export (IOE) and sponsored jointly by Amber Road and HSBC, provided award recipients with an evening of celebration, entertainment and a host of networking opportunities with some truly exceptional companies, whose continuing successes has made them leaders in the field of exporting and international trade.
Our Director of Special Projects, Mike Josypenko, shared his top exporting tips with an audience of industry experts at Europe’s premier recycling and waste management event.
Mike joined high profile speakers, including Sir Stuart Rose and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, at the Resource Efficiency and Waste Management Solutions Exhibition (RWM) in Birmingham.
In the countdown to the September 18 referendum, the Institute has been asked about the implications for UK trade if the people of Scotland decide to go it alone.
Our director general Lesley Batchelor has been responding to questions which are featured below.
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The IOE has lined up a panel of powerful speakers for a day long seminar in London on October 21, which will help businesses to forge ahead with their exporting.
Our event: “Exporting: If we keep doing what we’re doing….” runs from 10.00 – 17.00 at Gresham College, Barnard Inn’s Hall, Holborn.
A free export helpline is a powerful benefit for the IOE’s 2,500 plus members, providing sound advice and practical tips on a plethora of international trading issues.