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Taking Business Overseas

A recent YouGov report revealed that six in ten small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to be exporting by 2016 - a 20 per cent increase on 2014. Therefore, it is more important than ever for businesses to be equipped with the right knowledge to overcome potential barriers they may face when doing business in foreign markets.... read more


4 Top Tips for Small Businesses Doing Business Overseas

Any new business venture is going to be a risk. That’s part of what makes it exciting and a challenge. Naturally, however, you want to do all you can to keep that risk to a minimum, to be as prepared as you can be for what’s to come. A successful new business venture is, after all, even more exciting.... read more


Global Expansion and the VAT Risks

A whole host of challenges face businesses operating abroad, not least of all VAT standardisation. Differing VAT rules, changing deadlines and potential language barriers make this a complicated area to navigate.... read more


Why Credit Checking Should be at the Top of your Internationally Trading to-do List

UK small businesses are increasingly turning to Europe and other territories as they seek new markets and customers for their products and services. It can be a lucrative and exciting new direction in which to take a small business, but it is also one that contains an element of risk – will international customers pay your invoices on time, or even at all?... read more


How to Manage Currency Risk: Tips for International Trade

International trade may be lucrative, but it also carries significant challenges. One of the biggest of these is currency risk, often inadequately handled by small businesses. You only need to glance across the channel for events affecting currency risk. The real possibility of Greece pulling out of the eurozone, the negotiations that its new government is having with creditors, area-wide deflation and a huge quantitative easing programme in place have seen GBP/EUR trade to seven year highs in recent weeks. This increase in volatility is one reason why it’s important to protect your bottom line with a robust foreign exchange (FX) strategy. Here are some tips on how best to address your FX strategy.... read more


The Logistics of International Expansion

Thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping, even the smallest companies now have access to potential customers all over the world. A useful stepping stone for many fledgling businesses is the ability to not only sell through their own e-commerce shops but to also list products on various online marketplaces like eBay and amazon. With more international products available via these channels, consumers are becoming more used to cross-border shopping.... read more


How to Choose the Best P2P Foreign Exchange Platform for your International Business Payments

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Securing Partnerships with Large Corporations

Large corporations offer great business opportunities to many small companies, so it’s little wonder that CEOs of SMEs will spend numerous hours deliberating over suitable partners. Not only will bigger businesses help provide a stamp of approval and attract other large customers, but they give SMEs the potential to scale their business by gaining access to the large company’s customer base.... read more


Export Week: Advertising Holds The Key For SMEs Looking To Export

This week is Export Week, where we celebrate Brand Britain and focus on how we can inject further growth into our economy by capitalising on the long-term opportunities of international trade. While there is a clear desire among most businesses to increase exports, the most recent government data shows that only 19 per cent of UK SMEs currently export, compared to 25 per cent of EU SMEs. So what is actually holding SMEs back from exporting and what role can advertising play to encourage further investment and growth?... read more


International Festival for Business - Newly Confirmed Events

The International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 has added several new events to its ambitious programme, further enhancing its position as the UK’s most significant event for export and entrepreneurship.

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