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Week of Free webinars and online training for aspiring and existing SME exporters

16 – 20 July

A week of webinars and online export advice sessions are taking place 16-20 July to help businesses across the Midlands that want to start or expand overseas trading.

Delivered by the Department for International Trade, the Midlands Engine and the West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF SME International Growth Project, Export Web Week offers busy companies the chance to discover more about how to export for the first time, how to build on existing export successes and how to discover new growth opportunities by taking part in Twitter chats and webinars.

In addition, businesses will have access to export experts from our global network of British Embassies and Overseas Delivery Partners where companies can identify and discuss opportunities from a wide range of countries, from the comfort of their own desk.

Ian Harrison, Head of Exports in the Midlands , Department for International Trade, said:

“With 25 separate events – most of which are just one hour long – taking place across the five days, there is ample opportunity for ambitious companies to get involved.

“As an organisation dedicated to helping businesses export, we organise dozens of events every year that provide valuable information and support. Our role is about actively engaging businesses, talking to them and introducing them to their like minded counter-parts, but we are aware that it can be difficult to commit to half a day or a day out of the office.

“For that reason, we’ve organised a series of online events that people can take part in, which will allow them to gain maximum benefit while taking less than an hour out of their working day.

“There are webinars on a myriad of topics – from finance to finding new markets – as well as opportunities to speak to trade advisers about the international support we can offer. There’s something for everyone.”

For more information about Export Web Week and to register use the link below


Derby Property Summit

The Roundhouse, Derby

17 July

The Derby Property Summit will return on Tuesday 17 July. This year sees the Summit move to a new venue – the historic Roundhouse, Derby, a new interactive format, with a range of topical focus sessions, as thought-provoking plenaries from key industry speakers.

This year’s theme will be Cities in Competitive Collaboration and the Keynote Presentation will be from Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities. Journalist and broadcaster, Declan Curry will once again be hosting the summit, and industry leaders from across the Midlands will take part in thought-provoking panel discussions throughout the morning.

This will be the first year that the event has showcased a more interactive format, with a range of topical focus sessions for delegates to choose from, including:

    • Making the case: Build-to-Rent in the regions
    • Investing in Derbyshire
    • Say Hello to Proptech – How to use data to inform investment decision-making
    • Unlock the secret to Derby’s hidden office spaces

The summit will also be a showcase for the work of architectural students from University of Derby who were asked to provide visions for the key schemes within the City Centre Masterplan.


The Midlands Business Expo

Stoneleigh Park, Coventry

Friday 14 September

The expo will welcome over 100 exhibiting businesses, free business seminars & networking events, and 1,000 + visiting businesses.

The exhibition is an excellent platform for you to grow your professional network, identify new customers and promote your business.

If you haven’t already booked then you can register your free visitor place by clicking on the link below.


Midlands Engine Creative and Design Trade Mission to Hangzhou, China

19 – 23 September

Deadline for expression of interest 20 July

Are you thinking of growing your design, creative or digital business, or selling your products, in China?

You can dip a toe into this massive market or meet more customers by joining a paid-for Nottingham and Midlands Engine trade mission to the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo.

Why Hangzhou?

Nottingham local authorities and the Midlands Engine are establishing a strong partnership with Zhejiang Province, one of China’s largest and most wealthy regions. This relationship was started by Nottingham City and County councils and has been scaled-up to the Midlands Engine region in order to make the most of the opportunity.

The key focus of the relationship is to boost trade and investment links with Zhejiang and help Midlands businesses to grow through exporting.

With a population larger than London, the historic city of Hangzhou (Zhejiang’s capital), is a key cultural hub in China. The Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo has been running for more than ten years and attracts 250,000 business visitors. The Expo ranks as one of China’s top five industry events and attracts significant international attention.

Zhejiang have offered to sponsor Nottingham and Midlands creative, digital and design businesses to attend and exhibit at the Expo this year. It is hoped that this trade mission will be the the first of many commercially focused creative and cultural exchanges between Midlands and Zhejiang.

What is the offer from Zhejiang?

Through the Hangzhou Creative and Design Centre, Zhejiang have committed to pay for:

      • 10 Midlands based creative, digital and design SMEs to travel to the Expo, covering flight and hotel costs.
      • Shared exhibition space at the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo from 19-23 September 2018

What businesses should come?

Businesses with high-quality products and an ability to sell into China are encouraged to attend. Businesses with products and services that represent the Midlands’ tourism offer are also welcome. All businesses attending will have the opportunity to meet with Alibaba, China’s biggest online retailer, wholesaler and payment platform.

Interested? Contact Rob.avery-phipps@midlandsengine.org The deadline for expression of interest is 20 July.


Midlands Engine: US Automotive Market Visit to Detroit

Detroit, Michigan, USA

21 – 26 October 2018

Join this Midlands Engine trade visit to Detroit, designed specifically for companies operating within the automotive sector: OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 supply chain companies. This is an excellent opportunity for UK companies to navigate their way through the US automotive market.

  • Receive support from Joshua Williams, Vice Consul – Head of Automotive, Michigan, USA and his team.
  • Participate in a pre-visit webinar to help you prepare for and make the most of the opportunity.
  • Once in market, there will be a briefing / networking event from the Department for International Trade sector specialists alongside key US partners.
  • Hold pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings with potential partners, based on your specific company requirements.
  • Visit Engine Expo Novi in conjunction with seven other shows and symposiums.

Express your interest in one of six market visits that form the core of the Midlands Engine trade missions programme for 2018. Each focuses on key target markets and sectors of strength from the region.

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