Category: International Business

Time to start trading with Mexico

Latin America may not be the first destination that comes to mind when British companies are trying to establish new export markets. Understandable enough as we consider the issues surrounding safety, corruption and dire fiscal and monetary management. However, it is wrong to generalise and tar the whole continent with the same brush. Openness While

Building bridges and growing networks

It’s been almost a year since Sadiq Khan won the election and asked me to become his deputy mayor for business. With his commitment to become the most pro-business Mayor London had ever seen, he handed me the formidable task of leading this effort, a task that was made more complicated when the UK voted

Fair trade – making the most of overseas exhibitions

International trade fairs provide an invaluable opportunity for businesses to target potential customers, win business, and boost your brand and reputation abroad, but you need to plan and orchestrate carefully. That was the message from LCCI’s recent seminar: How to make the most of trade fairs abroad which was held in the splendid library of

Calm and rational consideration needed

No one, least of all myself, can yet predict either the political endgame or the ultimate economic impacts of the transition that lies ahead. Most of the pronouncements we have seen and heard so far are little more than political warning shots, with the heavy artillery and the precision weapons held in reserve for later.

The future of trade relationships between the UK and the rest of the world

At her speech at the Conservative Party Conference, the Prime Minister referred to ‘Global Britain’. She talked about ‘a country with the self-confidence and the freedom to look beyond the continent of Europe and to the economic and diplomatic opportunities of the wider world’.  This theme was a constant in the referendum campaign and also

Top tips for exporting to new markets

The UK has always been a nation of exporters, from its products and services to its language, culture and music. However, according to the Confederation of British Industry, UK is performing poorly when it comes to SME-generated exports compared to exporting countries of comparable size. Many small businesses worry that shipping overseas is not worth the

Rwanda and Tanzania trade targets for London business

East Africa is a regular destination for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Trade Missions with Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda providing the usual market stops. This year however Rwanda was selected for a trade visit. Mission manager Ruma Deb reports. Last month marked LCCI’s and UKTI London’s first visit to Rwanda, hardly surprising