The challenges faced by smaller businesses in the UK will come under the spotlight at an event in Liverpool on 20 June. The event, organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has the tagline, ‘From Northern Powerhouse to Global Markets – Small Firms and the Global Trade Agenda’ and will feature contributions from a range of speakers from business, politics and trade bodies.
And Business Secretary Sajid Javid will be among those taking part, giving the government’s view on how SMEs can successfully crack export markets. The event will be held the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, and is timed to coincide with the publication of a major piece of research from BIS, which outlines the challenges and opportunities for smaller firms looking to export.
Highlighting the barriers
According to the FSB, the event will, “provide the opportunity to discuss the many challenges and opportunities ahead for those looking to export, with particular emphasis on the role of the Northern Powerhouse.”
Split into three sessions, the day will look at three big issues: opportunities for small firms in a changing landscape of trade agreements, barriers small firms experience when they start to export, and how small firms can benefit from international supply chains.
FSB Chairman Mike Cherry welcomed Mr Javid’s attendance, saying, “The Business Secretary attending our event shows the importance that Government attaches to FSB’s exports agenda, to get smaller firms export-ready. We hope today’s discussions will help highlight the barriers which hinder many small businesses’ ambitions to export and provide solutions to make that journey easier.”
In addition to hearing from the Business Secretary, the event line-up includes a group of international trade experts and FSB members:
- Dirk Vantyghem, Director of Operations, Eurochambres
- Fred Perry, Deputy Director, Volume Strategy, UK Trade and Investment
- Ho Cheol Kim, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Korea
- David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School
- Dita Charanzová, MEP, ALDE spokesperson on the EU Trade Strategy
- Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica
- Frank McDonald, Professor of International Business, University of Liverpool School of Management
- David Caro, FSB Member and Managing Director, Qualplast (1991) Ltd
- Simon Poyser, FSB Member and Director, VelocityRDT
- Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Small Business Minister