Dates announced for third International Trade Week programme hosted by government

Wed 21 Jun 2023
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
Trade News

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The dates for the third International Trade Week programme of trade-related events, workshops and webinars have been announced by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT).

In an email sent by government to industry yesterday (20 June), traders have been told to pencil in Monday 6 to Friday 10 November 2023 into their calendars.

Biggest and best

DBT says it is “set to be the biggest and best yet” programme.

“Whether you’re looking to secure your first export contract or expand your existing international sales, ITW will have something for you,” it said.

“The week’s activities are for UK companies of all sizes and sectors - whether selling goods or services - you just need an interest in growing your business.”

IOE&IT activity

As with previous iterations, the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) will be hosting webinars and events as part of the programme.

IOE&IT director general Marco Forgione told the IOE&IT Daily Update today:

“In previous years we’ve run webinars and events focussing on the opportunities in the digitalisation of trade, how SMEs can thrive in international e-marketplaces and how businesses can reboot their exports after the disruption of Brexit and the pandemic.

“We’re looking forward to announcing further activities to mark ITW in 2023, building on recent events we’ve run to mark the launch of the new E-commerce Trade Commission last week and webinars we ran in partnership with DBT in April about FTA utilisation.”

This year’s themes

DBT has announced that the themes for ITW 2023 will be:

  • How to develop exporting knowledge and skills
  • The global export opportunities that are out there for UK businesses
  • How to benefit from the UK’s trade agreements
  • The support available from DBT and its partners

DBT has invited businesses and individuals to register their interest for the week here or to email itwsupport@trade.gov.uk to find out how to participate in the programme.

Import Export Show

The programme takes place shortly before the IOE&IT’s flagship event for 2023, the Import Export Show, which is occurring on 15 November in London.

The show is a new addition to the international trade calendar and brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from the word of global trade.

The programme will include keynote speeches from Kemi Badenoch, the secretary of state for business and trade, and her Labour counterpart, the shadow secretary state for international trade Nick Thomas-Symonds.