In a first for the Institute of Export, we are partnering with Going Global, who will be hosting the UK’s largest national exhibition specifically aimed at helping businesses who are looking to expand internationally, export products or set up overseas operations. This fantastic event is taking place on 28 and 29 November at Olympia in London and we have a limited number of free tickets for IOE members.
The Institute of Export’s Director General Lesley Batchelor stressed the importance of defining and evaluating focused strategies to help SMEs trade internationally at the IATTO International Trade Training Organisations Conference.
A group of 14 Institute of Export students from various IOE educational courses took part in a field trip to the port of Southampton on 2nd August, and experienced at first-hand the operations of a major international sea port.
As guests of Associated British Ports, the operators of the port of Southampton, they were privileged to take as glimpse into the port movements control room, which acts as the port’s nerve centre, controlling and supervising the movement of dozens of vessels of all sizes, from small leisure craft and passenger ferries, to container vessels and oil tankers. The visit was particularly interesting as it took place just hours before the start of Cowes Week, the busiest sailing event in the UK calendar, which brings hundreds of small vessels into the congested waters of the Solent.
A tour of the port also gave students an excellent opportunity to witness the port’s key areas of activity, namely the 3 “Cs”; containers, cars and cruises, as various vessels catering for all of these product areas were being handled. The container berths were of particular interest as many of the students have direct experience of container shipping in their work environment. The group also viewed some of the port’s bulk handling operations, including the grain and scrap metal terminals.
The students agreed that the visit provided a fantastic opportunity to witness the operational activities which underpin a major world-class port. It is hoped that further field trips to ports and other key shipping and logistics centres can be arranged in the future
Media interest in the IOE continues unabated with the Financial Times inviting our Director General Lesley Batchelor to speak at their high profile ‘Driving Exports’ breakfast seminar on September 3 in London.
The briefing, subtitled ’Unlocking new markets and invigorating existing ones’ will bring together an invited audience of 60 leaders from the UK’s manufacturing sector to gain a snapshot of the current export landscape.
Our Director General Lesley Batchelor has been reinforcing the importance of equipping businesses and their employees with the training and qualifications to trade in a competitive global market as a guest speaker at a trade compliance seminar in Manchester.
Our Director General Lesley Batchelor introduced the findings of this year’s International Trade Survey to leaders of British industry who convened for the inaugural UK Trade & Export Finance Conference.
At the end of last year the IOE spearheaded quarterly PIT STOP debates to take the pulse of exporters at grassroots level as part of the Institute’s drive to promote Professionalism in International Trade (PIT).
BBC Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern is announced as the guest keynote speaker at the Institute of Export’s glittering annual graduation ceremony at the historic Mansion House in London on 1 May.
Steph, who originally trained as an engineer, is well known for her reports on business and financial events across the world for the BBC. Joining Steph on the speaking platform are IOE vice-presidents Lord Empey of Shandon and Sir Eric Peacock.
IOE International Trade London Branch are pleased to announce their next event: Opportunity India
Monday 25th February 2013
Sponsored by American Express Foreign Exchange Services, the awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the excellence achieved by the UK’s leading exporters and importers.