CATEGORY : Weekly Trade Update

E-commerce Health Check | UK WTO statement | Theo Paphitis on future of retail

Published 4/06/2020

In light of recent events and changes to ‘business as usual’, e-commerce opportunities are rapidly developing and there has never been a more significant time for companies to seize them, especially when it comes to going global. Whether you’ve had more time on your hands to start your export journey or you’re already selling overseas, […]


UK-Japan FTA | Update on UK-US negotiations | DHL e-commerce webinar

Published 20/05/2020

With the government’s ambition to ‘secure free trade agreements with countries covering 80% of UK trade within the next three years’, it’s working hard to secure bilateral trade agreements around the world, and last week released its Strategic Approach to a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement. As the world’s third-largest economy (in 2018, NCTAD: GDP), Japan […]


UK-US negotiations begin | The business of D2C | Coronavirus tales

Published 14/05/2020

Last week (5 May), the International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lightizer, connected via video conference call to start discussions on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement. Initial negotiations are expected to last around two weeks with more than 100 negotiators involved on each side, with further discussions taking place approximately […]


Expert webinars from DIT | Generation Alpha | Digital payments rise

Published 7/05/2020

The Department for International Trade (DIT) plans to host a series of 100 free coronavirus webinars for SMEs across the UK. The webinars will focus on practical advice for businesses who are trading internationally. The Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said: “These sessions provide an essential service to help address the concerns […]


UK firm pioneers new technology | Customer expectations | Global e-com trends

Published 30/04/2020

A new innovative UK business, CARDMEDIC, was founded by NHS anaesthetist Dr Rachel Grimaldi while on maternity leave. She developed a collection of digital flashcards to support healthcare workers wearing PPE to better share information to deaf, blind and critically ill coronavirus patients. Department of International Trade connected Dr Grimaldi with local businesses in Brighton, […]


Updated trade figures | DHL delivers PPE | Rise of the robots

Published 23/04/2020

The government’s latest trade and investment figures, released 17 April 2020, provide the most up-to-date snapshot of the nation’s position. Produced by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the ‘Trade and Investment Core Statistics Book’ includes data and statistics produced by Office for National Statistics (ONS), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), DIT and others. Read […]


BCC Coronavirus Hub | Chinese shopping habits | 8 tips for your online shop

Published 16/04/2020

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has set up an online Coronavirus Hub to help businesses navigate through the ongoing impact of COVID-19. All information gathered is amended as and when BCC receives updated material. Content is based on the latest guidance and support from UK government, UK and global Chambers of Commerce and leading […]


Further government support | Lessons from South Korea | Brands responding to crisis

Published 9/04/2020

In new guidance released on Monday, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced further support to British exporters and investors. 160,000 exporters and investors trading internationally are now eligible to secure export insurance cover to major international markets, including the EU, US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland with immediate effect. […]


Running your business from home | Support for UK businesses | 6 in demand products

Published 1/04/2020

As many SMEs and start-ups are seeing, running a business remotely poses a unique set of challenges – especially for those used to an office setup. Luckily, in today’s connected world, it is completely possible to make remote management a success for you and your company. From setting yourself up and keeping communication in the […]


The true value of your product | UK exporter guidance | Small business community

Published 26/03/2020

Supply chain transparency is becoming extremely important to consumers across all sectors. More companies are taking the time to explain the true value of their product. Products have gone on a long journey before they reach the customer; your business can help to support the public to make conscious and educated purchases by explaining this […]


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