This article was published before we became the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade on 10 July 2024, and this is reflected in references to our old brand and name. For more information about us becoming Chartered, visit our dedicated webpage on the change here.

Photos from IOE events over 2016

Equipping our members with learning, information and knowledge is always a high priority for the Institute of Export & International Trade.

This year, our remit has taken on an even greater importance in a time of great change and uncertainty when we have been delighted to deliver a series of events and programmes, including our first ever World Trade Summits, which took place in London and the West Country – along with a series of post-Brexit workshops to help businesses working in international trade plan their next steps.

As we look forward to 2017 with an even bigger programme of events, each diary date will see our team of export specialists continue to provide vital support to assist businesses of all sizes. The events will also offer a wealth of networking opportunities, enabling members and other international trade professionals to meet and conduct business together.

New to the calendar will be:

APMG Parliamentary Debate, House of Commons. Attendees will work with Policy Connect, which runs the secretariat for the All Party Manufacturing Group to develop a white paper process to inform and disseminate intelligence and thought leadership.

Regional Trade Summits, March to October. An expanded series of regional trade summits will bring together some of the most knowledgeable and influential speakers on the key issues that impact on international trade, looking at the many opportunities and some of the challenges we face in this brave new world. The one-day summits are planned for the South West, South East, Coventry, Cambridge, Manchester, North East, Glasgow and Belfast.

House of Lords Spring Reception and Networking. Hosted by IOE Vice President, Lord Empey OBE, this highly valuable networking day is open to all Institute members. It is a marvellous opportunity to meet and learn from their peers and meet companies from a host of other disciplines.

As ever, we will be hosting our much loved calendar milestones.

As highlighted above, following the success of our London World Trade Summit we will be hosting a similar event next year, bringing together a powerful line up of industry specialists and experts.

We are also once again honoured to celebrate the winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise International Trade category at the Queen’s Awards Gala Dinner, 27th September, Royal Horseguards Hotel, London.

The Members’ Dinner, will be held on 8th November at One Great George Street and is a chance for members to celebrate the year’s hard work, professionalism and achievements and highlight the success of the Institute. It will be an unmissable opportunity to network with fellow international trade professionals.


Sponsorship opportunities

As a charitable organisation, sponsorship not only plays a key role in our events programme, but also reflects your commitment to being part of the future growth and professionalism of UK PLC.

Each event is an opportunity to align your brand with the UK’s only professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in international trade. Our team can work with you to create a tailored package that meets your key business objectives and delivers valuable return on investment.

To find out more, call us on +44 (0)1733 404400 or email

There are a number of additional exciting developments due in 2017.

The Institute is in the process of applying for a Royal Charter. This will make us the sole UK representative and custodian of the standards of professionalism in international trade.

Watch out for our new cutting-edge website, due to go live in January, which will offer a host of member benefits. Working with specialist software provider, YourMembership, we will provide a fully integrated system for creating stronger member engagement and managing events and communications.

We are immensely excited by all we have planned for the New Year and hope that our members will be too. As ever, we hope to see as many of you as possible during 2017 at our nationwide events and look forward to hearing your feedback on all vibrant new developments.

By the way, you may have noticed our new name and logo which we will be phasing in over the coming weeks.

One of the key resolutions passed at the AGM on 9th November was the change of name to The Institute of Export & International Trade.

This is a strategic move to align the Institute to the newly formed Department of International Trade whilst recognising the global landscape of international trade as we proceed with our application for a Royal Charter.