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Posted on 30/06/2022 by DHL Express

UK launches free trade negotiations with Gulf nations

Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, kicked off talks between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh last week. The Gulf Cooperation Council consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE with a combined economy of £1.2 trillion.

The Gulf region already covers £33.1 billion of trade with the UK and a landmark deal could add at least £1.6 billion a year to the British economy. Stepping up the UK’s relationship with the Gulf could provide huge British business opportunities in a market due to grow £800 billion by 2035.

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4 steps to build your business’ online presence

What is your SME doing to stand out from a crowded online marketplace? There are four simple steps you can take to help your business capitalise upon growing e-commerce opportunities.

These include investing in an SEO strategy, implementing an effective checkout process and making the most of online tools. Read the full article for more advice on how to maximise your e-commerce potential.

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Latest e-commerce news from around the world

This week’s e-commerce news includes funding for an SMS marketing platform designed to send personalised messages at each stage of the customer’s buying journey and an online product-sourcing tool that connects influencers with manufacturers.

Meanwhile, online retail giant Amazon announces that this year’s Prime Day will be held across Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July.

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