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British Chambers ITC 2014 | Emerging Markets | DHL investment

Follow the International Trade Conference today with our live updates

The British Chambers of Commerce International Trade Conference is taking place today – a unique platform bringing together more than 600 trade specialists, exporters, business leaders and policy makers. Under the banner ‘Global Network, Global Opportunities’, Neil Kuschel, DHL Express UK’s VP Sales, will join speakers such as Theo Paphitis, designer Anya Hindmarch, Amazon UK MD Christopher North to share their experiences and advice when it comes to going global successfully. British Chambers of Commerce advisors will also be on hand to provide guidance for entering specific markets.

If you’re not able to attend, don’t worry about missing out: we’re on site, live-tweeting the highlights and key learnings of the day. Follow us on Twitter for updates and use the hashtag #BCCExport to track and join the conversation.



The pros and cons of trading with Emerging Markets

BRIC , MINT, CIVETS, Pacific Pumas, UKTI High-growth Markets , Next 11 … every few years, economists, politicians and international businesspeople identify the latest and most promising emerging economies for investment and trade.

Emerging markets do offer a range of export opportunities that advanced economies cannot – primarily because they are less saturated. As the examples of Procter and Gamble and Coca-Cola show, in an emerging economy your brand may well become a market leader, local status symbol or even both. Selling internationally also spreads your risks: a global business is more resilient when it comes to withstanding local fluctuations.

However, doing business with emerging markets is not a guaranteed road to success. In addition to overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers to enter the market, you may have to significantly adapt your product to suit local needs and tastes. Further, emerging markets can be politically and economically volatile to a degree experienced by very few advanced economies.

To help you understand the benefits and considerations of doing business with emerging markets, read our overview of where the BRIC and CIVETS economies are today, and review our destinations guides, fact sheets and explanatory videos.

 

DHL investment: Helping British businesses succeed

Businesses rely on strong logistics networks to trade. To increase capacity for British entrepreneurs and SMEs to send express shipments domestically and around the world, we’re investing £156 million to further upgrade our network between now and 2016. This will allow us to continue to remain at the forefront of supporting Britain’s thriving import and export market.

The plans for this project were revealed at a launch event attended by representatives from DHL global and key business organisations such as the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI and UKTI. Click here to read more about the event and see videos of Global CEO of DHL Express Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express UK & Ireland Phil Couchman and our VIP speakers explaining what the investment could mean for businesses trading internationally.

 

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