Suffolk International Trade Group

Suffolk International Trade Group

09 Nov 2010

Since coming to power, David Cameron has urged a “big step change in our approach to foreign and diplomatic relations in massively upgrading the importance of trade.”  In terms of the current economic crisis and with regards to this country’s ongoing prosperity the Government is clear that international trade is vital.

Suffolk Chamber, working closely with UKTI East, has always recognised the importance of supporting the regions exporters and this is reflected in the success of the re-launched Suffolk International Trade Group (SITG)  Up to 80 local exporters meet on a quarterly basis for news, updates on UK Trade & Investment support and mentoring.  This mix of practical information and relaxed networking has seen the group go from strength to strength, each event seeing an increased delegate list and greater engagement by local business.

The last SITG meeting in September, sponsored by local law firm Birketts LLP, attracted almost seventy delegates to The Waterfront Bistro, Ipswich.  Leah Finnegan from Birketts LLP highlighted how the UK Bribery Act 2010 affects UK exporters and the far reaching implications for UK exporters who could now be responsible for the actions of their 3rd party representatives, agents and distributors.

The meeting also benefitted from a special addition to the programme.  Utilising the extensive contacts that SITG has through UKTI, Mr Damion Potter, Head of the Commercial Section at the British Embassy in Moscow presented on the business climate in Russia.  With a wealth of experience in both the private sector and the diplomatic service, Damion has extensive knowledge of doing business in Russia, as well as extremely useful contacts in the region.

The next SITG meeting takes place at Aqua Eight in Ipswich on Thursday 3rd February from 5pm.  If you would like to reserve a place at the meeting or join the mailing list for SITG members, please contact Rowena Hughes at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, 01473 694805, if you are new to exporting or need help with international trade, please contact James Fanshawe at UKTI East 0845 6419941 or if you would like to raise your company profile by sponsoring an SITG event, please contact Marie Frazer at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce 01473 694817.

The Prime Minister recently stated that, “investing in Britain is extremely straightforward compared with almost any other country in the World.”  The Suffolk International Trade Group is dedicated to helping the growth of local exporters.


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