With one of the Institute's original aims being to afford personal contact between members, a network of branches grew between the 1930s and the 1980s. Each depended on local enthusiasm and the feasibility of getting to meeting locations, and though they numbered 21 in the 1980s this dwindled with increasing pressures on members' time and the difficulties of sustaining a formal committee structure in each branch.
As the Institute strives to stay relevant it was clear that a new way of engaging was needed and the federal system needed overhauling. In 2014, after two years of consultation, new articles of association were unanimously voted through.
This new way of managing the Institute allows all members to be involved in the voting process at a national level, making it truly transparent. This new system also allows new blood to come through on merit or skills, bringing a new stronger dimension to the Institute. Branch members are welcome to create these dynamic groups which are not hampered by excessive structural constraints, and which can take full advantage of digital methods of communication.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are easy to start and run without the onerous systems of the past. Our members can now get on with meeting and networking.
Special Interest Groups further the objectives and policies of the Institute and its status as a registered charity by raising awareness of, and growing expertise in, particular areas of international trade activity. They can be regionally or nationally focused – or concentrate on a professional discipline.
The International Logistics Special Interest Group (TILSIG)
Focusing on professionalism in international supply chains, TILSIG hold regular meetings, events and networking opportunities.
The sessions enable participants to share and discuss their experiences and issues of international supply chains and devise strategies to tackle problems. In addition, real world and virtual group support systems are being developed.
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Exporters Online SIG
The aim of Exporters Online SIG is to inform and enhance the knowledge of IOE&IT members and fellow exporters on how to maximise the 21st Century internet technology to help drive export growth worldwide.
Open to both IOE&IT members and non-members alike, SIG members will enjoy a wealth of benefits spanning free access to a vast range of online resources, including live webinars, blogs and ebooks.
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The Coventry & South Midlands International Trade SIG
Mainly consisting of members from Coventry and the South Midlands, but open to members throughout the Midlands region. Regular meetings in which all aspects of international trade are discussed including finance, cutoms formalities, freight.
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