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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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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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