The Institute of Export’s series of events celebrating its 80th anniversary culminated in a glittering drinks reception and dinner at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.
The IOE has been celebrating and participating in the dynamic Exporting is GREAT campaign during Export Week which aims to support SMEs trading internationally – whether as new starters or established players.
l-r: UKTI Trade advisor Graham Snape, Director General of the Institute of Export Lesley Batchelor, CEO of Made in Britain, John Pearce, marketing expert Deborah Lynch-Doyle, Sales Director Alan Rides, and Managing Director of klycO, Sarah Pavlou.
The IOE team is once again looking forward to taking part in Going Global, which is acknowledged as the top UK national exhibition for businesses that are seeking to expand internationally, export products, or set up overseas operations.
Scottish cheer: l-r Alan Bryce and Selena Burns of Edrington, Susan Beattie of Scottish Enterprise, Jon Boyce of UKEF, our Director General, Lesley Batchelor and Chairman, Ian Taylor and Trish Livingstone and Carol Kunderan of Edrington celebrated the IOE’s 80 years in Scotland at a Glasgow birthday luncheon.
Our second celebration of eight decades at the heart of international trade was held at Glasgow’s Millennium Hotel, on 30th October.
Milestone celebration: front row l to r: Olive Hill of Invest Northern Ireland and Liz McCrory of UK Export Finance (UKEF). Back row l to r: Lord Empey, Dianne McLernon, Kingspan, Willy McCoy, Bank of Ireland and Lesley Batchelor OBE, IOE Director General.
Speeches by our Director General, Lesley Batchelor OBE, Lord Empey, Liz McCrory of UK Export Finance (UKEF), Olive Hill of Invest NI and the Bank of Ireland’s Ian Sheppard entertained and informed guests at a glittering Belfast luncheon that celebrated the IOE’s 80th birthday by honouring our Northern Ireland corporate, business and individual members.
Powerful partnership: UAE Minister of the Economy, H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, and the IOE’s Craig Smith launch the new guide.
The Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge, London, was the suitably prestigious venue for the launch of a major new export guide, Doing Business in the UAE, jointly produced by the IOE and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy.
Corporate member, Bolero, is working with the IOE to demystify electronic processes and replace complex, unwieldy paper trails of goods as they are financed, dispatched, carried and received around the world.
Mark Lindsay, Managing Director of International and Trade Services at Bibby Financial Services.
Corporate member, Bibby Financial Services, is backing the IOE’s drive to enhance understanding of the issues and challenges faced by businesses trading overseas – and is raising awareness of the funding support available to them.
A rousing call to action for the government and corporates to support the growth of medium size businesses were among the highlights of this year’s vibrant Queen’s Award’s Gala Dinner celebration.
Tutor Jeff Lewis, MBA BSc MIEx outlines the benefits of the IOE’s an Introduction to Exporting – Services course