We are a manufacturer of furniture for schools and colleges and are looking for export opportunities across the UAE and ME region. Any assistance on where to start gratefully recieved

Question posted by Aaron Firth, on behalf of GMFL Projects Limited in S61

We manufacture a large range of furniture for schools and colleges, offices and accommodation premises. We also undertake contract manufacturing in timber, MFC, MDF and timber based products. We believe there is great demand for our type of products in many areas but specifically in the UAE and ME. If anyone has useful contacts and can assist with eventual logistic issues I would be extremely grateful.

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Paul Hickey, on behalf of Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd in PO1.

Hi Aaron,

We can certainly assist with your logistics needs to the entire ME region, we have good rates to all the ports and partner agents on the ground in all the ME states. The main thing with that area is to make sure your documents are straight, your Commercial invoices will almost certainly need to be certified and you will also need to arrange some form of Certificate of Origin - both of these can be done with your local chamber of commerce or you ask the freight company you appoint to arrange the same. If you would like some indicatiive cost of shipping I would be happy to help - please email me at james@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

Thanks
James

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Darren Brundell, on behalf of Woodland Group in .

Dear Aaron,

As with the reply from James we are a global Freight Forwarder based in the UK that can assist with any logistics needs you have (including UK distribution).

It might be worth you getting in touch with an advisor from UKTI. They offer some excellent free advice on any new overseas markets you might be looking to get into and you can also get much more detailed paid for, bespoke information from their representatives within the target markets that is very reasonably priced.

Good luck!

Darren.brundell@woodlandglobal.com

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James Behan, on behalf of Reneport ltd in London.

Hello Geoff,

We have an associate based in Dubai who serves the ME region, assisting in the the best way to enter the market. I'd would be happy to discuss further to better understand your requirements.

Regards
James

James.behan@reneport.com or 02084324676

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James Behan, on behalf of Reneport ltd in London.

*Aaron

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Sarah Womack, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Qatar in Qatar.

Dear Aaran,
The State of Qatar has experienced a rapid economic growth over the last several years. This has resulted in a rise for the need of Educational facilities. Many new schools will be built in Qatar so there will be a need for furniture for schools.
OMIS (Overseas Market Introduction Service) is a chargeable service offered by UK Trade and Investment. You may be interested to know that we carry out tailored research for dozens of UK businesses every year. Much of this work focuses on identifying key local contacts but our research reports can also provide feedback on the prospects for your products, an overview of the market and assistance with arranging appointments or other in-market support, for example with networking events or publicity.
If you would be interested in this service you can commission this service through your regional UKTI International Trade Team in the first instance. They will also be able to help you and advise you on the various levels and charges. Details of your local trade team can be found on the UK Trade & Investment website at www.ukti.gov.uk. Please feel free to contact the UKTI team in Doha if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Sarah

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Richard England, on behalf of Consulting for Export in WD3.

Aaron,
You might like to look at a company called Express General Trading in the UAE. They are suppliers of a range of products (mainly paper products) for schools and are looking to expand their portfolio to include furniture. www.expressgtc.com

Also, to see what you might be up against, have a look at VS Furniture Middle East. They have a superb website www.vs-furniture.ae

Regards,
Richard England

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Aaron,
I would be happy to assist / quote you on current / future shipments you may have, we can can arrange and attend to all the foramlities asscociated with the Countries you are looking at. It can be very useful to make contact with the British Embassies in the Countries you are looking to export to and speak with their Trade & Investment assistants. Another growth area you may want to look at is Africa, again we can assist you with your export requirements.
Good luck with your venuture.
Best regards
Darren

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Hi Aaron

You many want to conatct William at BESA British Education Suppliers Association as they support organisations like yours develop export markets and do a lot in the gulf

William@besa.org.uk

Best wishes

Amanda

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Nitin Datta, on behalf of Kobalt Notaries Limited in SW10.

Dear Aaron

I am from Kobalt Law LLP an International Law firm based in Chelsea in London.

We assist our clients in doing business internationally and help them expanding globally.

I will be haappy to assist you in your query in assisting you in doing business in ME region.

If you have any specific questions pertaining to this matter , please feel free to contact me.

Regards
Nitin Datta

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Bryony Porcas, on behalf of Flo-FX in E1.

Hi Aaron,

We are able to beat corporate bank rates on foreign currency exchange. Due to the fact we are a trading name of Ebury Partners (whose turnover last year was in the region of £1bn), we have virtually no overheads and so can substantially undercut banks and competitors. We carry out all the necessary KYC checks in line with FCA regulations and maintain a fervent desire to ensure all our clients receive the fastest, most efficient service possible.

Please send me an email on b.porcas@flo-fx.com or visit our website at www.flo-fx.com for more information.

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Mark Roelofsen, on behalf of Alaska Events in SE1.

Aaron,
BESA's GESS event is worth looking at (see note from Amanda), but also look at our event IPSEF (www.ipsef.net) which attracts senior figures from independent and international schools. Would be a good opportunity to research the market and make contact with major schools and school groups.
Mark

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