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BHETA Export Forum ‘Wows’ members

Approaching fifty BHETA members in DIY, garden and housewares attended the BHETA Export Forum and pronounced it ‘the best ever’ in BHETA’s successful series of guest speaker and networking occasions. The event, which took place on Thursday 4th September was part of BHETA’s 2014 Export Initiative and was organised jointly with its trade challenge partner – the UKTI.

Equally relevant for export novices, operators with limited experience looking to expand or longstanding exporters looking to develop additional markets, the forum took place at Austin Court, Birmingham to allow for the very high number of delegates and the workshop format employed.

Regional Director of the UKTI, Paul Noon presented an overview of the export opportunities and help that was available, including a sneak preview of some of the latest Government initiatives yet to be formally unveiled. He was supported by three UKTI International Trade Advisors who ran separate breakout sessions for members depending on their level of export experience. The Forum also featured advice on Foreign Exchange transactions and Currency Risk Management from Associate Member, AFEX and case studies from Aerolatte and Spear & Jackson. The event closed with a networking lunch providing ample opportunities to talk to other exporters and speakers.

Phillip Vallender, Global Sales Controller at L. G. Harris explained “L. G. Harris & co. Ltd is delighted to sign up with BHETA. BHETA have transformed recently with the partnering of the UKTI and we are delighted to be associated with them. Having recently attended one of their seminars it is clear they have many elements of support available to us as well as a professional and passionate approach that will no doubt help our business grow further globally. We look forward to working closely with them for many years.”

And Ian Archer, Managing Director at Spear & Jackson stated, “This is a really exciting time for Spear & Jackson UK Ltd as we continue to expand our export business. The BHETA Export Forum provided a superb opportunity to meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges with other like-minded organisations working towards the same goal to further unlock and realise the massive potential export markets have to offer.”

BHETA’s home improvement sector director, Peter Stone explained, “This Forum signals the start of a concerted Export Initiative from BHETA as Trade Challenge Partners of the UKTI. We will be supplying members who attended specific leads for their sector as a result of this occasion and following up with more workshops on specific export issues.” Home enhancement sector director, Will Jones added, “Export is becoming ever more crucial to ever more companies and BHETA’s Export Initiative seems to be spot on.”

Source: BHETA News

September 2014

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