This year marks the Institute of Export’s 80th anniversary. As part of our year long celebrations, we will be taking a look back at some of the events that have shaped our organisation, reflecting on the thoughts and words of our members as recorded in ‘Export ‘ – our official ‘members only’ journal.
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.
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.
Latest figures show that the UK food and drink export industry is now worth a staggering £19billion a year, with a record 2,500 companies selling their produce to 150 countries worldwide.
1935 was a time of change, as the UK emerged from the financial slump of the previous decade and into increased uncertainty regarding developments in Europe.
It was against this backdrop of flux that the Institute of Export was established.
Christmas is fast approaching – trees are adorned, mistletoe is hung and pantries groan under the weight of festive indulgences. It’s the time of year when retailers hold their breaths and hope that a festive windfall comes their way, courtesy of a gift buying frenzy.
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.
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 – www.seve.gr), 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.
‘Two great nations divided by a common language’ is a much used and highly appropriate phrase which reinforces how the Americans use of English differs dramatically from our own.
We have welcomed a wide range of students onto our internationally accredited two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade since it was launched in 2011.