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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, […]

This week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June. The announcement was part of his plans to further ease the lockdown. Retailers must meet new guidance published for the sector “detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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