What will international trade look like following Brexit? Come and listen to Tom Josephs, Director of Policy, Department for International Trade, Professor Trevor Williams, former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank and a panel of drawn from SMEs and academia to discuss international trade following Brexit.
Whether or not you are currently trading internationally, every UK business is likely to be affected by the impact of Brexit. Consider the impact on your supply chain and your customers. What aspects of your business might no longer be viable? What new opportunities be opened up?In such an uncertain environment, how can you reduce risk from your business plan? The evening should also give you plenty of opportunity to talk to other businesses facing similar issues in doing business abroad post-Brexit. Download the flyer
Post Brexit International Trade: The Great Debate
Thursday 8th February 2018
Holiday Inn, Maidenhead
- Brexit, a Chief Economist’s View
Professor Trevor Williams
Former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank, rotating Chairman of the IEA Shadow MPC
- Post Brexit International Trade
Policy Director, Department for International Trade
- Essential Takeaways for Post Brexit Trade
Trade Advisor, Department for International Trade
- Panel discussion
- Canapés, drinks and networking
About The Panel
Professor Trevor Williams
Trevor Williams is the former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, a position he held for well over 10 years. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, rotating Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and author of Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners (with Victoria Turton). Trevor also lectures at CASS business school and Cardiff University. He is on the editorial board of Economia and the Journal of Corporate Treasury Management. He previously lectured in Economics and Business Statistics, before working in the UK Government Economic Service (GES). He sits on various charities, including as Patron of Reach Society, Chairman of Ballet Black, and Through the Looking Glass. Trevor now runs a consultancy which specialises in economic analysis encompassing ‘big data’ – the large information set being created from the 4th industrial revolution sweeping the world – to better understand a fast changing global economy, and its political context: i.e. its political economy.
Tom is Director of Policy in the Department for International Trade, which was established after the EU referendum last summer to establish the UK’s new independent trade policy regime. Tom’s teams lead the development of the detailed trade policy positions that will underpin all aspects of this new regime. Before joining DIT, Tom worked at the International Monetary Fund based in Washington DC on international economic policy. Before that he had spent most of his career at the UK Treasury where he worked in posts on economics, Europe, and the Budget.
An International Trade Adviser with the Department for International Trade for the past 4 years David has more than 25 years of experience in international trade mainly in Composites, Marine, Automotive and Plastics industries. He setup and managed a composites manufacturing subsidiary in the South of France and worked extensively across Europe setting up and running distributor networks. He worked in the USA both through a joint venture and wholly owned subsidiary and sold technology licences to companies in Korea, India and the USA. He exported to China using a main distributor out of Hong Kong and regional sales network in mainland China. A graduate Chemist he was one time chair of the Composite section of the British Plastics Federation, a board member of the Institute of Materials and founder member of the Network Group for Composites in Construction.
Dr Monica Horten
Monica is an author, trainer & consultant specialising in Internet governance & telecoms policy. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has produced high profile research at a European level, presented in the European Parliament & expert groups, and has served as a Council of Europe expert. Monica has in-depth knowledge of EU policy and institutions - process and procedure. Her work addresses legislation, regulatory frameworks, trade agreements and human rights. She has conducted training sessions for UN & EU-funded capacity building projects in Georgia and has served as a Council of Europe expert on joint CoE / EU funded projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Albania. She was a member of the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on Cross-border Flow of Internet Traffic and Internet Freedom and authored an advocacy report for the Center for Democracy and Technology on intermediary liability. Monica has served on a number of projects for Council of Europe, including in the former Soviet states and as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom.
Chris Craggs started his working career in restaurants in France and hotels in London before starting McFT in Maidenhead in 1992, supplying commercial kitchen equipment. Since 2010, the business has been focused on maintenance – and is now the foremost independent service provider across the UK – and founded sister companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, recognised as the pre-eminent providers in the Middle East.
Ted Valentine is the owner and founder of Baltimore Innovations Limited, which he started in 1997 after returning home to Maidenhead from living and working near Frankfurt Germany for 4 years. At the start Baltimore employed just two people he and his wife, now 21years later they now employ 24 people with a turnover of £5million with 43% exported to over 40 countries. The business is a specialist in Protective Packaging and Moisture Control for the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industries primarily highly focused on marketing and selling products and providing solutions to large corporate companies like GlaxoSmithKline and many SME’s where very high barrier properties are required with sales exported across the world mainly Europe. Ted has worked with many innovative global manufacturing partners from America, Europe, India, Brazil and China were he made his first visit there in 2006.
Russell has been involved in online retailing for almost 20 years. He started out before the millennium with US start-up Buy.com, in the early days of what was then called the dot.com industry. In 2004, he founded PriceRightHome.com with his brother Richard, and more recently established the website WorldOfWallpaper.com. Based in Maidenhead, the company sells home decor products on its websites and through various online marketplaces to consumers based in over 50 countries worldwide. The biggest challenges for him are often related to increased transparency when selling online, both with regards to competition but also related to valuable company reputation. However, the opportunities available in e-commerce are diverse and evolving rapidly, in the UK but just as importantly in established and new international markets. Change in his business is both consistent and fast-paced.
DRG Chartered Accountants works with a large number of businesses that trade internationally. We are delighted to be supporting this forthcoming event on Thursday 8th February. If you are thinking about either setting up in the UK or are a UK business considering international expansion, please do get in touch.
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