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Going Global – A World of Opportunities

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Would you like to develop your business in a new market or maybe you’re already trading overseas and looking to expand your global footprint? Whether you’re considering an eastern, western or European market, this not to be missed event offers it all!

Come and hear expert advice on developing new business opportunities in France, the USA and the UAE from overseas market specialists and representatives from UK and Lincolnshire based businesses with significant experience in these countries.

Supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Streets Chartered Accountants, the event will bring together presentations and panel discussions with a uniquely themed French breakfast, American style lunch and afternoon tea with Middle Eastern treats.

Open to SME businesses in any sector, the day will provide information on:

  • Routes to market
  • Current trading conditions and ease of doing business
  • Specific multi sectoral business opportunities in each of the focus markets
  • Common challenges to trading in these markets and how to overcome them
  • Tips for export success from Lincolnshire based companies Badley Ashton & Associates Ltd, Nick Young Tractor
  • Parts Ltd and Shelton Sportsturf Drainage Ltd


09:15 Registration and French Themed Breakfast

09:45 Welcome and Introduction

09:55 Doing Business in Europe

Market Focus: France – Opportunities, Challenges & Considerations

Paul Taylor, Deputy Director, Department for International Trade, France

10:25 Our Export Success in France

Mick Claxton, Director, Shelton Sportsturf Drainage Ltd

10:40 Q&A Session and Panel Discussion

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:20 Doing Business in North America

Market Focus: USA – Opportunities, Challenges & Considerations

Carlo Cavagna, Consul – Head of Trade & Investment, Department for International Trade, Los Angeles

11.50 Our Export Success in the USA

James Young, Director, Nick Young Tractor Parts Ltd

12:05 Q&A Session and Panel Discussion

12:25 American Themed Lunch and Networking

13:15 Doing Business in the Middle East

Market Focus: UAE – Opportunities, Challenges & Considerations

Andy Hosie, Consultant, OCO Global

13:45 Our Export Success in the UAE

Meriem Bertouche, CEO, Badley Ashton & Associates Ltd

14:00 Q&A Session and Panel Discussion

14:20 Middle Eastern Themed Refreshments and Networking

15:00 Close

The programme is designed to provide flexibility so you’re welcome to stay for the whole event or attend the sessions on the markets that are of most interest to you.

Introducing our Market Specialists

Paul Taylor is Deputy Director of the Department for International Trade (DIT) network in France. The team in France works to encourage and support French investment in the UK and also to help British exporters win business in France. Immediately prior to arriving in Paris in the summer of 2016, Paul helped to create and led DIT’s Central Europe Network, comprising, at that time, 9 Overseas Posts and 68 trade & investment staff.

Paul’s previous responsibilities in the UK have included Head. South America in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; and Head. Middle East & North Africa in DIT. In addition to Paris and Prague, he has been posted overseas to Santiago, Mexico City and Madrid.

Carlo Cavagna leads the UK’s Department for International Trade’s Los Angeles-based team of 22 business development specialists, with the twin goals of attracting investment to the UK and empowering UK exporters in the United States.

Prior to assuming the role of Head of Trade & Investment in 2014, Carlo ran DIT’s U.S. business strategy for the creative & media industries. Before that, he managed business development for Lionsgate’s groundbreaking VOD company, CinemaNow. Carlo began his career as an investigator, and later a policy analyst, for the U.S. International Trade Administration in Washington, DC.

Andy Hosie started his career with 7 years in sales and marketing for Procter and Gamble and moved on to become Commercial Director of Everton Football Club. Since leaving Everton in 2005, Andy has been involved in a number of start-ups in sport and technology.

Andy recently joined OCO Global to work with their Middle East practice and its ‘British Centres for Business’, helping British business expand into the UAE and the Gulf. He is currently also working with the Dubai Government on a new credit rating system for SMEs.

Am I eligible?

These events are available for businesses, partnerships, sole traders, and registered charities, with a trading address located within Greater Lincolnshire (North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire & Lincolnshire).

To access these events, your business must complete an SME enrolment form in order to check the business’s eligibility against the funding criteria. (The form will be sent to you on completion of an Eventbrite booking - if one has not already been completed and on file).

Secure your place

Attendance is free of charge and places are limited so be sure to book yours today.

Please note we are only able to offer up to 2 places per company. To qualify for this funded support, your business must be a small to medium enterprise (SME) based in Greater Lincolnshire. Apologies, no support intermediaries or public bodies.

Book your place here

This event is run in partnership with Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub and the Department for international Trade (DIT).