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Institute of Export ‘tweets up’ lively debate on international trade issues

 Institute of Export

Our director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, has taken part in a lively and informative ‘tweetup’, which focused on export, growth and diversification.

Playing a key role in the online event, Lesley joined industry experts, professional services and the media to debate the future role of UK businesses in the world economy.

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IOE delighted to back new ‘Africa for Growth’ programme


Africa House London has launched the ‘Africa for Growth’ initiative to support UK businesses seeking to establish commercial relationships in Africa – and for African counterparts looking to trade with them.

Africa House London is a social enterprise established to promote direct trade between the UK and Africa. Its ‘Africa for Growth’ programme has been specifically designed to boost bilateral trade and meet the growing need to access lucrative business opportunities.

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Is exporting the key to Japan’s economic recovery?

Japanese Recession

Concerns have been raised as Japan’s latest economic data shows that inflation has slowed for a third consecutive month, amid fears that the country will slip back into recession for the third time in four years.

In the last two years, Japan has implemented sweeping reforms, consisting of monetary, fiscal and economic growth strategies, introduced to cut the GDP debt and to encourage private investment. These reforms have had mixed success. Yes, Japan has come out of deflation for the first time in more than 15 years, but the initial fiscal stimulus are now fading and the 3% sales tax increase that was implemented in April is hitting consumers hard.

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IOE Director General presents at Greece’s Export Summit

Lesley Batchelor

Our director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, was a keynote speaker at the recent 3rd annual Export Summit in Athens, Greece.

The event, organised by the Greek International Business Association (SEVE –, focused on “Financing Exporting Firms” – an important subject to most Greek exporters, who often struggle with their exporting activities because of a lack of available financing.

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