Export Hub comes to Birmingham

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Hub is making a week-long stop in the West Midlands. The hub is a 32-tonne truck that has been transformed into a one-stop export shop. Between February 6 and 9 2017 several free events will be held as part of the roadshow. Those are designed to help businesses realise their global ambitions. In addition international trade experts will provide opportunities for one-to-one meetings and give businesses the chance to learn about new export markets.

On Monday, 6 February, the Export Hub will be stationed at iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham. From 10:00-12:30, DIT experts will be joined by Barclays and the Royal Mail Group, advising on e-commerce opportunities in China. From 12.45, an hour-long drop-in business growth clinic will take place. This will be an opportunity for visitors to meet trade, finance and language and culture specialists and to identify buyers and markets. From 14:00-16:00 an interactive digital workshop with Barclays and the DIT, which advise on a range of digital tools for businesses will take place.

On Tuesday, 7 February, between 11:00 and 14:30, the Hub will be on the car park at the rear of the Physician pub, Highfield Road, Edgbaston. Here the Department for International Trade team will be accompanied by the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Growth Hub. Businesses can enjoy a networking lunch and talk to experts in areas such as export documentation, translations and the Enterprise Europe Network.

On Wednesday, 8 February, from 8:30-10:30 a business breakfast will be hosted by the Export Hub at Birmingham International Airport with bmi regional. This will include a talk from bmi regional’s chief commercial officer Jochen Schnadt about the airline’s new hub at Birmingham International Airport.

On Thursday, 9 February, the Hub will stop at the NEC to coincide with the Spring Fair, the leading gift and home trade event. It will highlight the upcoming DIT Export Insight Visit (EIV) to the Czech Republic, which is exclusively for consumer sector companies including retail, fashion, creative and giftware.

Companies that are interested in the overseas market should visit the new online trade hub great.gov.uk, part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT initiative.

For further details on all the Export Hub events in Birmingham, visit exporthubwestmids.eventbrite.com.