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Asia’s Competitive Trading Landscape and How to Get Involved

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) China now has the world’s largest economy, knocking the US from the top spot. Estimated to be worth $17.6tn, China’s economy is still growing and has expanded at approximately 10% a year for the last 32 years. And it’s not just China: East Asia is the world’s fastest-growing region, with GDP growth projected to be stable at 6.1% in 2015.... read more


Let the Games Begin!

Savvy British SMEs are continually on the lookout for the next big opportunity to grow. Wanting to secure success in 2015 and beyond is natural and one consideration is to look at cultural events, which bring new customers to local businesses in the area.... 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


Currency Management: Your Guide to Overseas Success

Overseas expansion is a considerable leap for any business. To be successful, it must be done in a structured way to avoid pitfalls. A factor that will need to be addressed is the currency exchange aspects of an international business. This articles explores the important points to consider to help you save money, manage risks and maximise profits.... read more


Top Tips For Finding The Right Overseas Supplier

For UK businesses that outsource their manufacturing to overseas suppliers, finding the right partner to work with can be critical to success. If you're a small business without the money or time to be travelling the world looking for manufacturers and monitoring quality control, there are measures available that can help make sure the products that roll off the assembly line meet your standards and those of your customers. ... read more


The Importance Of Cultural Insight When Expanding Into New Markets

“The secret of success is to understand the point of view of others,” said the US carmaker Henry Ford, a man who knew a few things about corporate growth. Ford’s advice is especially worth remembering at a time when businesses of all sizes are looking for growth opportunities overseas. Evidence suggests that this strategy of looking for new markets is the right one. Companies operating internationally are reporting better results (in terms of revenues, profits, or both) than companies that focus only on domestic markets. ... read more


Common Shipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We work in 17 countries and every Christmas we have to have a plan in case the post office in one of those countries goes on strike for a few days, bad weather delays flights to other countries or one of our factories gets cut off by snow (although probably not our factory in Las Vegas!). What we have learned along the way is that you have to manage your deadlines and customer expectations accordingly. ... read more


Technology Must Underpin UK Legal Services Sector to Enhance International Competitiveness

The UK government recognises the importance of the legal sector and its potential impact on the country’s economic growth and stability and is going all out to promote the UK as a centre of legal excellence abroad. After all, the UK legal services sector contributes £20.9bn to GDP; is the largest legal market in Europe accounting for a fifth of the European fee income; and exports are estimated at £3,856 million.... read more


The 'Blind Faith' Of Global Buyers

In the absence of accurate global data on suppliers, buyers are exhibiting ‘blind faith’ in lower tiers of their supply chain. Poor visibility at tiers two and three is exposing those who source globally to risk and potential brand damage that should deeply concern any Board, as well as company shareholders.... read more


How Technology Gives Freight Forwarders A Competitive Advantage

It’s a ‘perfect storm’ for the logistics industry. Freight forwarders face continuous and accelerating change, economic uncertainty in many markets, a growing burden to comply with new regulations and the need to respond to customers with a more personalised service. ... read more