Open to Export would like to thank everyone who took part in our survey on what we should cover in our webinar programme in 2016. We are committed to helping small businesses by covering the areas of export which they need most help with. As such the thoughts and opinions of our community of SMEs are always of the utmost importance to us.
We have updated our webinar page on the main site to reflect some of the findings from this survey, but it is always evolving so please feel free to get in touch as the year progresses.
The year will begin with the first of two webinars covering the legal issues that small businesses need to protect themselves against when exporting. International law has been raised a few times in the last few months, so this should be a useful and practical webinar addressing some of the legal issues of exporting. The first of these – titled ‘How to protect yourself from the legal pitfalls of exporting’ – is on Wednesday 3rd February, and you can register at:
Following this we will be hosting a webinar on translation – another popular topic – at the start of March and the second legal webinar – focussing on IP, trademarks and copyright – will take place at the end of March.
Other popular topics include export documentation, logistics, getting products through customs, export controls and export licenses, and how to conduct appropriate market research to understand cultural differences in a new market.
Provisionally we will be hoping to host a series of webinars on export customs and controls in the Spring, while we are also hoping to tackle taxation (including VAT) around that period. Further afield, perennially popular topics including market research, logistics and agents and distributors will be covered in the Summer and Autumn.
Finally, there has been some demand for a focus on regions and sectors. We generally try to put on webinars that can be of interest to as broad a range of our audience as possible, but we will look to continue providing content in the food and drink sector, and will hopefully branch out to further sectors.
In terms of regions, we appreciate there is a strong desire for content focussed on Africa as a place for UK companies to export to, and a continued interest in exporting to Europe. We will hope to cover these to some extent, but also suggest that you look at the UKTI programme where webinars are often put on with more of a sector or regional focus. More information on UKTI webinars can be found at:
As ever, if you have any suggestions for our webinar programme please get in touch at [email protected] and please do check out our library of old webinars at: