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Trade Internationally? Let Us Know Your Problems February 24, 2009

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International Trade Procedures SME Consultation Panels

Thursday, 5 March 2009,

LiverpoolChamber of Commerce, Liverpool

Do you feel that international trade processes are placing an unnecessary burden on your company?

Is international trade regulation making you uncompetitive?

Come and make your voice heard at one of our SME Consultation panels. Simplifying International Trade (SITPRO) have been charged by Government with ensuring that domestic trade regulation is as easy to comply with as possible, in order for UK based firms to remain internationally competitive.

They are keen to hear:

  • Evidence of trade regulation or procedures that are creating burdens that business feels is unnecessary and which could be reduced or avoided altogether
  • Inputs from business to help cost compliance with Government requirements
  • Case study examples to illustrate the problems that arise in international trade
  • Examples of documentation and business processes used by companies to ship and clear goods for import or export (with a view to seeing whether they could be simplified and/or made less costly)

WHY ATTEND?
Have your concerns heard by the highest levels of Government and the opportunity to influence an action plan of changes that could significantly reduce the regulatory burdens that your business face in the future.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Approx 60mins of your time
  • Evidence of trade regulation or procedures that are creating unnecessary burdens
  • Input to help cost compliance with Government requirements
  • Examples to illustrate the problems that arise in international trade
  • Documentation and processes you use to ship and clear goods for import

For more info and how to book download the booking form [PDF]

Rotterdam – A Gateway To Europe February 24, 2009

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rotterdam_wilhelminapier… and a market of great worth to our region

Free Business Seminar

Thursday, 19 March 2009
Worsley Park Marriott Hotel,
Manchester

  • Netherlands is UK’s 5th biggest export market, worth £16 billion in 2006
  • UK is 4th biggest market for the Dutch
  • Netherlands is our 2nd biggest inward investor
  • English is spoken willingly & well
  • Rotterdam shares many key business sectors with the North West

For interested companies we will be organising a mini mission to Rotterdam later in the year

Come and find out about this market for yourself, with the chance to win free return flights to Rotterdam, courtesy of VLM

This seminar is open to all North West businesses interested in developing their trade in a key market on our doorstep – and will be of special interest to companies in sectors such as:

  • petro-chemicals
  • bio-tech
  • high growth and incubator companies
  • transport and logistics
  • green technologies
  • business & professional

There are many synergies between our regions and great opportunities for dynamic companies.

For more information on services please contact 084500 6 888 or Email: Heen@businesslinknw.co.uk

To book your place please download and fax the booking form or email eenw@business-support-solutions.co.uk

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China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) Promotion Event February 20, 2009

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Chinese FlagWednesday 18th March 2009
15:30-17:00pm
Council Chamber
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
Ground Floor
One Old Hall Street
Liverpool L3 9HG

The China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) is the largest trade fair and business platform in China, with over 170,000 overseas buyers and 22,000 exhibitors at last session.

Canton Fair provides one of the most effective and directs solutions for sourcing from or selling in China. Now, it’s coming to Liverpool, and you have a fantastic opportunity to know more about how taking part could benefit your business.

ChinaLink of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is working closely with Guangzhou-based China Foreign Trade Centre to organise a visit to Liverpool by a delegation from Ministry of Commerce of China and the Canton Fair organiser.

If you are interested in trading with China, or have been involved in the Chinese market already, this is a great chance for you to get the first hand information on import & export opportunities, regulations and best practices. It is of particular interest for companies seeking to outsource, manufacturers requiring components made, importers and exporters, international trade advisers, wholesalers and policy officials from local authorities. If you would like to develop your business in China market, you just can’t miss it.

The event is free to attend however places are limited, allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Agenda:
3:30 Registration & networking
4:00 Welcome address by Chamber
4:10 Speech from Ministry of Commerce of China
Presentation from China Foreign Trade Centre
4:30 Canton Fair Video
4:40 Q&A

To book your place, please email chinalink@liverpoolchamber.org.uk with your name, company details and delegate numbers, or download and complete the attached booking form.

Discover Sardinia February 17, 2009

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sardiniaThe Hon. Consulate of Italy Liverpool, the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and ‘Confindustria Nord Sardegna’ in co-operation with Sardinia region is organizing a one day event in Manchester aimed at the promotion of the Sardinia Island as a tourist destination and is delighted to invite you to a:

Gala Dinner
Friday 6th March 2009

Lowry Hotel
50 Dearmans Place
Chapel WharfManchester

19.30

The Gala Dinner follows a press conference that takes place at 17.00 so we would be pleased if you also attend the press conference.

“Enjoy The Sardinia Experience”

Travel and leisure, wine and food, sport and wellness, sailing and yachting events, the natural, archaeological and cultural heritage, the beautiful enchanting islands in the Mediterranean!

For further information please kindly contact Stefania Corallo at scorallo@italchamind.org.uk or on 0161-244-5367.

Scandinavian Business Day February 6, 2009

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scandinavia_smallTuesday 3 March

Is your business interested in trading with the lucrative Scandinavian market? Then let Liverpool Chamber help you get there.

Export markets are changing, as are the ever increasing demands of customers. As pressure on businesses increases almost daily from new entrants or companies diversifying, marketing efforts need to be more focused, target customers more clearly defined.

The Scandinavian markets have a total population of around 24 million people. Economic growth is amongst the highest in the EU, with trends indicating that the prosperity of the region will continue for some years yet.

The business opportunities in the four Nordic countries are outstanding.

Liverpool Chamber is hosting a free consultation day with the Scandinavian market experts, Sørensen – connecting markets, on 3 March. Participating companies will be given the opportunity to have an individual 45 minute meeting in which which to explore the possibilities that the market can offer them.

The consultation day is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into how you can open up the Scandinavian market for your products and build a long term revenue stream from this high income market in which English is widely spoken.

Places are very limited, however you can book yours either by telephoning Elena Enciso on tel: 0151 2271234 extension 2212 /emailing elena.enciso@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Chinese Delegates Visit City February 3, 2009

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chinese_premier_09Chinese delegates visited Liverpool last week ahead of Liverpool’s exhibition in the Urban Best Practice Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

The chief planner of the World Expo site was amongst the delegates, along with the chief planner of the Urban Best Practice Pavilion. The delegation was met by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr. Steve Rotherham, Liverpool City Council leaders Warren Bradley and Mike Storey, and a number of other high level members of Liverpool’s civic and business communities.

The delegates were given a tour of the city, which included the Albert Dock and Liverpool One, before being taken to the university to view a student exhibition showcasing potential designs for Liverpool’s place at the World Expo. The party then moved on to the town hall for a drinks reception.

The purpose of the visit was to reinforce Liverpool’s commitment to strong relations between China and the UK – a message which was reinforced in London by the visit of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao to hold talks with Gordon Brown about increasing trade between the UK and China (pictured above).

Understanding Immigration For Business Free Seminar January 27, 2009

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uk-map10am, 11 March 2009 at Liverpool Chamber

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and UK Border Agency provide information on the new immigration system

Liverpool  Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the UK Border Agency to provide a  seminar designed to help businesses understand the workings of the immigration system, including the recent changes.

There are a number of important procedures that businesses must comply with should they wish to employ foreign workers. The seminar aims to cover all the main issues that businesses need to be aware of.  These include the new policies and processes for obtaining a licence to employ a foreign worker and visas to work in the UK.

The main components of the seminar are:

  • Latest information governing the employment of non EEA workers
  • Step-by-Step visa application processes including biometrics & how decisions are made.
  • The new Points Based System and business visitor routes  which replaced existing work (employment)  schemes and its five  Tiers explained

Elena Enciso, International Trade Executive at LCCI said:

“Businesses can sometimes find it difficult if they are new to the immigration system and these seminars will simplify everything they need to know, including the changes recently implemented. We are pleased that the UK Border Agency sees the benefit in offering such invaluable advice. It is also a good opportunity for businesses of a similar nature to share experiences and contacts.”

Glyn Williams, Director, UK Border Agency added;

“We are delighted to be working with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce on this seminar and know that businesses will gain a lot from attending. In addition to the main presentation, there will be an informal networking session allowing businesses to spend one-to-one time with our experts and to engage with other businesses facing similar challenges.”

The seminar will take place on 11 of March at 10:00 am at the Council Chamber at LCCI. For further information please contact Elena Enciso, International Departmet at elena.enciso@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Thai Ambassador Comes To Liverpool Chamber January 12, 2009

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kitti_wasinondhWednesday 21 January 2009

12 – 4pm

His Excellency the Ambassador to Thailand, H E Kitti Wasinondh,  will be visiting Liverpool Chamber of Commerce on 21 January 2009.

Also in attendance will be Ms Banjongjit Angsusingh, Minister Commercial, and Mr Boonchai Charassangsomboon, Minister Economic and Financial. Other Senior representatives from the  Military and Tourism sectors will be present.

Programme

12:00 Coffee on arrival

Jack Stopforth ( LCCI  Chief Executive) welcome and introduction to the LCCI

Mark Basnett (Mersey Partnership) briefing on Merseyside economic sectors

His Excellency the Ambassador to Thailand will highlight doing business in Thailand and the economy. Some sectors ( food, multimedia and healthcare)  will be highlighted

Networking  lunch

This event is FREE to attend.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending by emailing  elena.enciso@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Do Business With Libya November 3, 2008

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27 November 2008, Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester

Which North African country has a $100 billion Wealth Fund, has more than 35 international oil companies engaged in production and exploration, is rapidly and massively increasing investment in infrastructure, and is attracting more foreign interest than ever before? The answer is Libya.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is providing the opportunity for as many UK fi rms as possible to hear about the best ways of doing profi table business in Libya. The first step is awareness – and events in recent years have spread the word. The second step is to design an approach to doing business there which suits your needs, fits with evolving Libyan laws, and places you alongside the right partners and clients.

The events are for UK companies interested in Libya, and will feature introductions, presentations and case studies from a Director of NOC, the former British Ambassador to Libya and senior executives experienced in the market. The topics will cover a range of issues from selling and investment, financing trade and tax issues.

UKTI has three workshops entitled Doing Business in Libya – the Second Step in three UK cities:

  • With SDI in Aberdeen, Hilton Treetops Hotel – 26 November 2008
  • Manchester, Midland Hotel – 27 November 2008
  • London, BERR, 1 Victoria Street – 28 November 2008

Please complete the booking form indicating which venue you would like to attend and return it to the LBBC either by email or fax. There is no charge for attendance. The Libyan British Business Co will acknowledge your reservation by email.

Come To Our Introduction To International Trade Event November 3, 2008

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11 November 2008

This course has been designed specifically for delegates who are new to exporting/importing and have recently taken a post in export sales, export marketing or export administration. It is ideal for import administrators and buying managers.

The course covers a fundamental foundation into the export process, terminology, how to build an export price, VAT and getting paid. It also cover aspects of the importation process, HM Customs, Import licences, Import duty, payment, quotas, and import management.

Facilitator: John Harrison MMRS MIEx
John Harrison is an independent consultant and trainer in international trade. He is a full member of both the Market Research Society and the Institute of Export. He worked in the aerospace and electronics sector for 15 years and then as Marketing Manager for the British Chambers of Commerce and as a Research Adviser for the UKTI Export Marketing Research Scheme, has an excellent understanding of the issues in international trade facing service and manufacturing businesses of all types.

Cost
Price per delegate per course:
Member rate £200 + VAT / Non Member rate £300+VAT

SMEs within greater Merseyside may be eligible for up to 50% funding through ERDF.
For further information or registration please call on 0157 227 1234 or email at itc@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

You can book your place online here