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Exporting to the Nordic Regions – a warm welcome awaits


The Institute of Export London Branch recently hosted an “Exporting to Nordic Regions” event that provided attendees with an in-depth introduction to the mechanisms involved in exporting to the Nordic region – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The four countries form a region with a GDP capita that is set to increase 80% by 2050. Although they have a combined population that is less than half the size of the UK, they are our sixth most important export market, with the export of goods and services totalling some £24 billion in 2012.

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Countdown underway to Britain means Business exhibition on November 19

UK Business

November 19 sees the start of the vibrant Britain means Business two day exhibition at Excel, London.

A vital part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Britain means Business is a must resource for every rapidly expanding business and ambitious entrepreneur requiring advice on the day to day challenges of running a business. It is also a great resource for UK business decision makers who are keen to give themselves the ‘edge’.

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Institute of Export backs Going Global for second successful year


National flags

The countdown is now underway for Going Global, the unmissable event for any UK business looking to trade overseas.

Following on from last year’s tremendous success, the Institute of Export, is once again pleased to be joining forces with Going Global, as they host this top UK national exhibition on the 27 and 28 November at Olympia in London. We’re offering a limited number of free tickets for IOE members.

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Upbeat AGM agrees far reaching governance changes

Institute of Export AGM

Our recent AGM marked a landmark day for the Institute, setting us on a course which sees the Institute engaging with all our members on a national level and will steer our growth in the years to come.

We must thank all the members who voted and agreed unanimously on a raft of significant changes to the running of our organisation.

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Summit calls for international trade to be embedded into the nation’s psyche

Institute of Export Summit

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…”

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The Union of Sierra Leoneans UK & IRE Trade and Investment Evening at the House of Commons.

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 Billigsby UKTI, Tamba Ngegba – Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner , Jeremy Lefroy MP, Bryan Treherne MBE, Lesley Batchelor OBE, Thelma Williams USL member.

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.


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Learning from the Co-op?

Lesley Batchelor OBE

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.

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IOE celebrates record number of Foundation Degree graduates

Institute of Export Graduation, Anglia Ruskin University

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.

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IOE Vice President helps the next generation of entrepreneurs

Dr Rami Ranger, Lord Empey of Shandon

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.

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