New Sales Markets Abroad

How to get your business export-ready to expand and grow! The ever changing political, economic and digital landscape provides a wealth of opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). For those exporting abroad, there are several markets, and billions of clients globally who may be interested in your products and services, making exports a
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Trade optional for economic growth GDP

Brexit has dominated news headlines for months with the UK no closer to agreeing a deal with the EU. What many people don’t realise, however, is that this is just the first stage of a lengthy process. After it formally exits the EU, the UK will need to agree its future trading relationships. The UK’s
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Trade & Supply Chain Finance

Trade finance accounts for 3% of global trade, worth some $3tn annually. Simply put, it’s the financing of trade in a company life cycle, whether you’re sending goods, services or commodities, a variety of financial instruments are used to structure this, under the umbrella term ‘trade Finance’. Trade finance includes Letters of Credit (LCs), export
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Navigating a no-deal Brexit: a guide for Importers and Exporters

With Brexit just a few months away now or will the UK, ever leave the European Union. Businesses across the UK are doing everything they can to prepare. But what exactly should you be doing? This depends largely on what your business does, what industry you operate in and whether your suppliers or customers are
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Guide for import and export businesses

In our interconnected world where instantaneous global communication is taken for granted, it’s easier than ever to do business anywhere in the world. However, while the opportunities are plentiful, the process of buying and selling internationally is not without its risks and complications. There are many variables at play, with volatile exchange rates, cash flow
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Funding the UK Manufacturing

Following the number of enquiries we’ve had from growing companies operating in the manufacturing sector, it seems traditional banks are unwilling, or more likely unable, to support British manufacturers to the levels they require. Which is not only holding back resurgence in UK manufacturing, but also damaging to the individual businesses and to the UK
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How does Trade Finance work?

If you’re wondering ‘How does Trade Finance work’, then you’ll be coming to that point in your business when you are thinking about increasing sales and growing. And that new direction will almost definitely require you to purchase goods and services to increase sales and profitability. International business is a mega opportunity; for example, you
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Brexit uncertainty returns to leave SMEs in economic limbo

In our first SME Confidence Tracker report of the year, I remarked that notable progress between the Government and the EU throughout March had resulted in rebounding confidence amongst the UK’s small and medium sized businesses. I concluded that a little Brexit progress could go a long way in terms of SME confidence. Less than three months
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A New Dawn for the EU

In 2018 we could see a new dawn for SMEs in Europe, with an air of growing optimism. In December 2016 the European Central Bank predicted a conservative but respectable GDP growth target of 1.7% for 2017. In reality though, the engines of Europe roared at full throttle to deliver GDP growth of 2.5% – its
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The Forgotten Trade

Amid the backdrop of Brexit, the economic balance between imports and exports is a continuous juggling act for economies across the world. In the three months to December 2017, the UK trade deficit grew by £3.8 billion to £10.8 billion. Figures became the latest rallying cry for businesses to ramp-up export volumes, while sterling’s devaluation seemingly
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