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Invitation to IOE’s inaugural ‘Green Light to Export’ conference

Lord Digby Jones

The IOE is delighted to invite businesses and exhibitors dealing in international trade to our inaugural Green Light to Export 2015 conference on Thursday, October 15 in Birmingham.

The Institute is partnering with International Trade Magazine for the special event at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC where we welcome former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones, as our headline speaker.

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Seeking to further your career in international trade? The IOE can help.


Are you looking for the next step in your exporting career?  If so, there is still time to register for our ground-breaking BSc (Hons) course in Management Practice – International Trade from Plymouth University, which launches in September or our existing MSc in International Trade, Strategy and Operations from Warwick University.

Applications for the BSc are now open through UCAS or through the Institute. The two year course is available to both IOE and non-IOE members, and is specifically aimed at those with prior workplace experience seeking to extend their existing knowledge and qualifications.

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Key findings of the 2015 International Trade Survey

The Institute’s annual survey is sponsored by AIG and carried out by TAEFL.

This year’s survey, launched at the GTR Conference, used quota sampling which largely reflected the spread of respondents across the country with Northern Ireland’s responses being around 5% of the total survey and manufacturing areas such as Midlands and North West contributing around 20% each.  Over 80% of the businesses had been trading internationally for over 10 years, and over 10% trading more than 5 years, which again gives us an expert view of what is happening and what might be needed to make business easier.

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IOE director general named First Women of Business Services at awards event

Real Business First Women Awards

Our director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, has won the highly coveted ‘First Women of Business Services’ accolade at the 11th annual Real Business First Women Awards.

The win is a further acknowledgement of Lesley’s outstanding professional achievements and follows closely on her recent investiture, where she received an OBE for services to business.

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IOE director awarded prestigious Transport and Logistics accolade

Jenny Hooper

Congratulations to Jenny Hooper – IOE director and trustee and MD of Independent Freight Solutions Ltd – on being named the Leader of the Year at the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

Established eight years ago, the awards highlight the successes of the women who work in transport and logistics, and we can think of no worthier a winner than Jenny.

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First students graduate from IOE’s ground breaking World Customs Diploma

Arne Mielken, Sandra Strong, Institute of Export

We congratulate the first tranche of students who have graduated from our Ofqual regulated Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Regulations – a UK first created by the Institute of Export in consultation with some of the world’s leading companies, including Nissan, Adidas, BAE Systems and John Lewis.

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