Over 300 1-2-1 meetings take place as part of IFB2016

Helping businesses achieve their potential is at the heart of what we do. Last week, Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce flagship IFB event facilitated over 300 1-2-1 meetings between British businesses and overseas representatives.

Posted by Andy Snell

Head of International Trade & Commercial Services

Wed 22nd, Jun

Andy Snell, Director of Commercial Services reflects on the Chamber’s involvement in the International Festival for Business 2016 last Thursday.

With Euro 2016 well underway, it seems fitting to judge the success of last week’s Meet Your Global Business Network conference by one key statistic.

2014 1-to-1 meetings - 280

2016 1-to-1 meetings - 340

Helping British businesses achieve their potential is at the heart of what Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce do. Last Thursday was about putting ambitious British SME’s in front of people who can not only help them expand into new international markets, but how to be successful in doing so. Judging from the figures above, we delivered.

On the day, we were joined by some fantastic speakers who covered a diverse range of topics that will shape the global marketplace in years to come. John Carroll of International Chambers of Commerce & Santander began by stating the importance of international trade to the global economy, emphasising the role it plays in jobs, growth and investment. This was followed by Greg Clarke CBE who discussed how major cities have shaped our world and how they will continue to play an ever more important role in global connectivity. Our final keynote was given by Stephen Phillips, CEO of China Britain Business Council. Stephen spoke about the largest and most ambitious infrastructural project in the world and one that presents vast opportunities for companies and will impact global trade exponentially; China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

Acting Director General of British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall commented: “Businesses attending the BCC’s ‘Meet Your Global Business Network’ event at the IFB had the chance to hear from knowledgeable trade experts, representing Chambers from every continent.

“From an overview of opportunities available with the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative in China, to detailed discussions on how to find partners in countries such as Thailand and Chile, there was a wealth of information given to delegates.

“The 1-2-1 meetings between businesses and Chambers were just a taster of the reliable and agile support available to businesses through the BCC’s Global Business Network of Chambers.”

Having overseas connections is fundamental to any business with global aspirations. That is why we are very proud to have had the support of likeminded and internationally focused organisations such as DLA Piper, Santander, Turkish Airlines & Warrant Group. With their help, last week’s conference helped lay the foundations for hundreds of British businesses to go global and achieve their international potential by engaging with overseas Chambers of Commerce.

In 2014 the Chamber helped over 120 businesses involved in the conference go on to receive European Regional Development Fund grants (ERDF), an important source of financial support that helps businesses take part in overseas trade missions. Getting feet on the ground is one of the most important actions a business can take when deciding whether or not a particular market is right for them. We hope that even more delegates from 2016 will go on to receive this funding and look forward to updating you further in the weeks to come.

Chambers of Commerce from around the UK act as the go to places for ambitious British businesses interested in growth. As part of the Global Business Network, Liverpool & Sefton Chambers are part of a connected, agile and responsive group of over 40 international Chambers and business organisations who share one common purpose – helping UK SME’s achieve their potential. Whilst our conference has been and gone, Liverpool Chamber works daily, helping ambitious British businesses achieve their exporting ambitious. From Chile to China, Jeddah to Johannesburg, Liverpool Chamber’s Global Business Network is here to make trading internationally work for you.

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