We want to develop the Norwegian market for our businesses. Who can help?

Question posted by Mike Pedersen, on behalf of Norway2UK in North East England

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Dear Mike

I believe you are well familiar with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and the office we have in Oslo. With professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets, UK Trade & Investment is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK.

Our contact details for any general enquires in Norway is
comsec@online.no
or our enquiry phone lin: +47 23 13 27 60

For more information on UKTI’s global presence and all or services, see www.ukti.gov.uk

Cristian Strømmen
UKTI Director Norway

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Hi
Your exports may be on LC terms or any other payment term such as advance payment or installment basis with regular buyers.

As you have to add financial costs to your final unit price, it would be advantages for you to bring down the financial expenses on export proceed transfers from Norway to UK, which will assist competitive pricing while enhancing your bottom line.

We, Thomas Exchange Global Ltd. assist exporters and importers to transfer funds internationally at a fraction of the high street bank charges while offering most favorable exchange rates as you can observe in many comparison sites.

If you need any assistance in this regard kindly give us a call on 020 7240 1214 or e mail me rasika@tegforex.co.uk for immediate assistance from a dedicated Foreign exchange manager.

Wishing You Best of Luck,

Rasika

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Jonathan Harrison, on behalf of Baroni Limited in CR2.

You do not need to only go to UKTI you can use the private sector. There are many individuals and companies out there that offer a full service to support your business. If you want UKTI accredited organisation, so you know you are getting quality, then take a look on the UKTI website for the UKANs. They are in the B2B, business to business links from home page. I know they are not easy to find, but UKTI are addressing this I have been told. In there you can look up and choose and then interview a number of organisations....

Hope this helps.

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Mike Pedersen, on behalf of Norway2UK in North East England.

Jonathan,

Thank you for this insight into UKAN. After 13 years of working with exports to Norway from the UK, I never knew that UKAN existed. Shows that this web site is working! and thanks

All the best,

Mike

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Jonathan Harrison, on behalf of Baroni Limited in CR2.

Mike
I am just glad I was able to give you a steer

I think you raise a good point. We wait patiently for the best of the best kept secret to be better publicised which I understand from the powers that be is in hand. I am very proud to be a UKAN and to be associated with UKTI.

You know that there are many very well established discussion groups on LinkedIn. Have you looked there too? There are many in Project Management, Consultants, Import Export Experts, loads run by UKTI and UKAN, FOC, IOE, and many more directly related to countries run from those countries. Worth looking at.

Good luck and best wishes

Jonathan

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Jim Hearn, on behalf of Atlas Translations Ltd in AL3.

Hi Mike

You have probably already considered this, but I would recommend translating a version of your/your businesses websites into Norwegian. Having your website in the local language has been proven to boost revenue significantly, and demonstrates a consideration of the local culture. You don't neccesarily need to get the whole thing translated at once, perhaps just a well worded company statement or biography with some contact details to begin with, and then you can get more sections translated if you feel it neccesary.

We can certainly help you with any translation, localisation or brand checking services you may require in developing the Norwegian market. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like further information.

Regards

Jim

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Mike,

Russell Bedford is an international network of independent accounting and advisory firms specialising in helping businesses with overseas expansion. Russell Bedford's affiliated firm in Norway, Nitter AS, would be well placed to assist any UK business looking to set up or operate there. The question is wide and Norway is large, so we suggest that UK businesses contact us for an exploratory discussion. We would be delighted to help.

Regards,

Halfdan Nitter
mobile: + 47 91 56 52 68
e-mail: Halfdan@nitter.as

Bjarne Lothe
mobile: + 47 97 56 67 18
e-mail: Bjarne@nitter.as

www.russellbedford.com

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Mike Pedersen, on behalf of Norway2UK in North East England.

Thanks for your quick response Halfdan.

We work with close to 1600 companies (you can see them in the app) www.norway2uk.com/webapp.

We are involved in developing sales and contacts and do not concentrate on the accounting and legal side. We believe that part is easier to solve than finding a new customer or developing a strategy.

However, it is very useful to have you as a contact and hopefully we can meet up next time we are in Norway.

All the best,

Mike

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Samantha Rhodes, on behalf of Transfix in HD1.

Hi Mike

We can help with any form or translation for your business venture. We make sure your business message is translated accurately and effectively for your Norwegian market. We can also provide interpreting solutions for any business meetings you may have.

Good luck with your venture!

Thanks

Sam Rhodes
Director Transfix
www.transfix-global.com

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Contact your local International Trade Advisor (ITA) Our services are free to companies and we can talk through the export programmes that you may be eligible for and the funding opportunities that may be available to you. Yes you can go to the private sector but UKTI services of an ITA are free and you have the most current up to date advice on exporting and funding. Put your postcode in the contact search box to find out the contact details for your local ITA http://www.ukti.gov.uk/export.html

Good Luck,

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Mike Pedersen, on behalf of Norway2UK in North East England.

Becky, thank you for your response.

Sometimes our clients recieve mixed messages from UKTI. As I understand it, UKTI have financial targets to meet, which is accomplished by selling the OMIS reports. This then looks like the public sector trading as the private sector, with government backing.

There is also always a question about the value of "free" services. It is free for a reason, and inevitably being so, has little come back if the information is not so useful.

In the private sector companies don't get paid unless their actions and information are useful to the clients. Information has to be up to date. We, for example, have now been trading for 13 years, helping companies export to Norway and Norwegain companies invest in the UK.

Advice on trading regulations, accountancy, local laws, are all fine, but the internet changes this. The professions can be contacted with ease. Social media means you can check the companies out within seconds.

Most important is that our UK exporting companies need to meet the influential people in companies who want to buy their products or service. Once they have an order, everything else can fall into place.

Mike

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Diane Dupree, on behalf of Invicta IP Ltd in BR5.

Hello Mike,

Another source of information might be the Norwegian Bank in London: DNB. It may be that they are only interested in dealing with large corporates but I am not certain about that and in any case, they may well be happy to provide contacts and point you in the right direction. They were always very helpful when I worked for a related company many years ago.
All the best.

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Mike Pedersen, on behalf of Norway2UK in North East England.

Thanks Diane,

DnB are superb. When we were involved in Inward investment from Norway to Scotland recently they were the only people who could help. All the UK banks had their hands tied.

All the best to you too.

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