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Is Your International Business Prepared to Take International Payments?

Supporting local payment methods is a simple and effective way to increase e-commerce conversion rates and reach. So why have so few traders embraced the opportunity to internationalise their business?... read more


Grow Your Own International Business

It’s no secret that the marker of any successful retailer is growth. From the very beginning businesses are geared towards increasing everything – higher volumes of customers, sales, orders and profits are the stuff dreams are made of – but how do you push that growth not only on home turf – but into wider foreign markets too?... read more


Breaking the US: Preparing for Success

As a brand grows exponentially in the UK, it is only natural that the next step will be overseas expansion. The US recruitment market is one of the most competitive and challenging sectors to be in – but the lucrative rewards well outweigh the initial outlay. Here are four steps that we’ve taken to ensure that we’re ready to hit the ground running as we take global.... read more


How to Engage and Motivate Employees Working Overseas

From the earliest days of travelling sales people and the opening of new territories, businesses have faced the challenge of managing and motivating remote workers. Even now, with the power of modern technology and robust corporate infrastructure, large companies can struggle to get it right. So it’s hardly surprising SMBs might think twice about expanding overseas, particularly if it involves relocating key workers.... read more


Harnessing the Power of Technology to Deliver International Growth

The world is getting smaller. Borders less defined. And for businesses, now more than ever the world is their oyster. International shipments are constantly rising with more consumers willing to purchase products from abroad. Global business-to-consumer (B2C) ecommerce sales will hit $1.5 trillion this year, which is a 20.1% increase from 2013, according to eMarketer's latest forecast.... read more


A Cultural Fit is the Key to Global Success

With rapid developments in technology and virtual working becoming increasingly popular, the working world is constantly evolving. In a recovering economy, more businesses are looking to new horizons and starting to expand globally in order to reap the benefits of a worldwide market. In fact, according to a recent international report published by BT, 80% of business decision makers believe that international expansion is essential for the success of their organisation. But venturing into international trade is not without its challenges, especially when it comes to getting a global workforce to work collaboratively. It is people who drive a business towards success so how can you unite your workforce across country borders?... read more


Investing in the Chinese Monster

With the Chinese government establishing policies in infrastructure, science and technology innovation, workforce development, safety, health and sustainability,

the country’s manufacturing industry is continuing to rapidly grow and become increasingly more competitive on the global market. This, coupled with investments in key strategic markets such as high-end equipment manufacturing, makes China an interesting market opportunity for UK businesses to be involved with.... read more


Preparing For A Trade Mission – Three Months to Go

Travel is vital for businesses who want to export. There are many different ways to visit a marketplace, and they fall generally into three main types: holidays, individual business trips and structured, purpose-designed trade missions. The latter is often organised in conjunction with trade bodies and UKTI, with banks being a key partner.

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Top Tips for Doing Business Overseas

The UK economy has exporting to thank for its recent growth. The advent of technology has allowed more companies to do business anywhere in the world,

putting Great Britain on the map as a number one destination for shipping goods to sell abroad. This is especially true for manufacturing, a sector that is increasingly attracting attention from foreign investors according to the UKTI Inward Investment Report.... read more


Dubai: The world’s logistics hub?

As the second-largest city in the United Arab Emirates (the UAE), Dubai is often associated with the oil industry. But the city has much more to it than that. Non-oil industries currently contribute a surprisingly large 70 percent (approx.) of the UAE’s gross domestic product and Dubai has very healthy manufacturing, financial services and tourism sectors. ... read more