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International Trade News
26 April 2017
CBI survey shows strong growth for UK exports »
The latest quarterly Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Industrial Trends Survey has shown that the UK's manufactur...
24 April 2017
Boost your business with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise »
The Institute would like to congratulate the wealth of Queen’s Award’s winners this year and to urge our members, partners...
24 April 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IMF drops pledge to fight protectionism »
The IMF and World Bank have dropped a pledge to fight trade protectionism in a move that many will see as a ‘sign of the...
21 April 2017
Japan's imports and exports surge »
  Japanese exports rose 12% in March, the fastest rate in more than two years, while imports jumped...
20 April 2017
IMF raises growth predictions amidst protectionism fears »
The International Monetary Fund has raised its global growth forecast for this year but also warned protectionist policies...
18 April 2017
Brewer scoops top prize in Open to Export’s food and drink sector competition »
Salford-based First Chop Brewing Arm – a brewer of gluten-free craft beer that exports to Italy – is savouring the sweet t...
12 April 2017
The Institute to support unmissable Going Global Live once again »
We are thrilled to be once again partnering Going Global Live , held May 17 th and 18 th at ExCel, where our direct...
10 April 2017
First freight train from UK to China departs today »
The first rail freight service direct from the UK to China will depart on a 7,500-mile journey from Essex today. T...
10 April 2017
Derby music and tech pioneer scoops top prize in national export competition »
Derby-based four three six – which fuses designer clothing with downloadable music to create ‘wearable releases’ – has hit...
06 April 2017
New support for UK businesses in Argentina »
The UK government has announced it is re-introducing export credit financial support for UK businesses looking to trade wi...
06 April 2017
UK doubles export credit for Uganda »
  The UK has announced it has doubled its export credit for Uganda-destined British companies from...
06 April 2017
Barclays breakfast meeting discusses Brexit and Beyond »
With Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 last week, formally notifying the European Council of its decision t...
04 April 2017
Clavering knitwear label has national export competition sewn up »
Broadening export horizons: Open to Export CEO, Lesley Batchelor OBE, fifth from right, presents Genevieve Sweeney ,...
30 March 2017
More volunteers needed to test new licence-checking service »
    The team working on developing the new import/export licensing service are looking for more vol...
29 March 2017
Theresa May triggers Article 50 »
Prime Minister Theresa May has today written to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s inte...
27 March 2017
Brewer scoops top prize in Open to Export’s food and drink sector competition »
Salford-based First Chop Brewing Arm – a brewer of gluten-free craft beer that exports to Italy – is savouring the sweet t...
20 March 2017
Toyota announces £240m investment in UK car plant »
Toyota has followed in the footsteps of Nissan by announcing that it will invest a further £240 million in its Toyota Manu...
17 March 2017
SMEs up for £20k funding in Open to Export’s hat trick of competitions »
Broadening export horizons: Lesley Batchelor OBE (centre) with the winner and finalists of Open to Export’s most recent...
13 March 2017
UK exports and factory growth rise »
British factories enjoyed their strongest growth in nearly seven years over the November 2016-January 2017 period, rising...
10 March 2017
China now Germany's largest trading partner »
Data on Germany's total exports and imports indicate that China unseated the US as its largest trading partner last year....
03 March 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Dyson investing in UK to boost exports »
  British technology giant Dyson has announced plans to significantly expand its UK operations by opening a n...
02 March 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
British Gin exports soar »
  Exports of British gin products are proving to be a tonic for the economy, as demand has boosted overseas sales...
01 March 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sunday Times Export Track SME Top 100 »
  The Sunday Times has published its annual report of top performing small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters,...
15 February 2017
CETA passes important vote in European Parliament: provisional application in April 2017 »
Article: by Arne Mielken BA(Hons) MA MIEx (Grad), IOE&IT Young President   The IOE&a...
14 February 2017
Could your ideas help secure our nation? »
Keeping our nation safe against an unprecedented number of security risks is arguably one of the biggest innovation challe...
05 January 2017
China Launches Freight Train Service to London »
China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with...
02 December 2016
Top tips on international expansion from an export winner »
Expanding your brand internationally is a daunting and exciting prospect and it goes without saying that you should do you...
01 December 2016
Fantastic Showcase of International Opportunities at Going Global »
  Across the 17th and 18th of November, Europe’s most ambitious business delegates packed Olympia London’s exhibi...
22 November 2016
Lick Frozen Yogurt scoops £7k national prize in Open to Export competition »
Brighton-based Lick Frozen Yogurt – whose customers include Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco – is savouring success after...
11 November 2016
Nine SMEs savour shortlisting success in Open to Export’s prestigious national competition »
A brewery, a pasta producer and a plant hire company are among nine dynamic finalists who have been shortlisted from over...
08 September 2016
October 14th countdown to Open to Export Action Plan competition »
Celebrating success; the winner and finalists of the most recent Open to Export Action Plan competition. The countdown...
24 August 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Number of UK small businesses exporting to South America doubles »
  South America could provide substantial opportunities for small business owners in the UK in the wake of...
24 August 2016
Small businesses miss out on export opportunities by overlooking social media »
Almost three quarters (72%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are missing out on international s...
01 July 2016
Glasgow digital education specialist scoops national export prize »
Glasgow-based Klik2Learn Ltd – a digital design company specialising in education – has further boosted its export ambit...
24 June 2016
10 inspiring SMEs shortlisted for prestigious national export prize »
10 dynamic businesses from across the UK have been shortlisted from over 40 companies for the UKTI-backed Open to Export A...

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