Brexit and the threat of global terrorism were among the hot topics discussed at the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Club breakfast meeting.

Senior Lecturer at the York Management School, Simon Mollan, outlined three potential scenarios for Brexit: hard, soft, and limbo – and what these might mean for businesses in the region.

International Trade officer Marie White said: “Simon’s talk inspired real heated discussion from delegates who are already dealing with the consequences of the Brexit vote.
“One of the key purposes of the of the International Trade Club is to discuss important aspects of international trade and current issues and gain insight from key speakers. Clearly Brexit and terrorism represent two of the challenges for all our members.”

Louise Green, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor for Lancashire Constabulary, discussed the current terrorist threat level focussing on both international terrorism and domestic extremism. Louise also discussed Project Griffin which provides support to businesses and training for employees.

Andrew Turner, Managing Director of Altham-based composite tube makers Langtec Limited shared some of the experiences, pitfalls and successes he has faced in the export market. In particular he spoke about attending and exhibiting at trade shows, and how to make an impression on a small budget. His latest eye- catching novelty has been to hand out branded paper planes which have proved hugely popular.

The meeting at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa was attended by over 50 delegates, who are all actively involved in International Trade. Run by the International Business team of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by accountants and business advisers Cassons, the International Trade Club helps importers and exporters develop their knowledge of current issues and share experiences with fellow members.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner at Cassons, added: “These breakfast events are an invaluable source of up to the minute information. We recommend them to any businesses serious about exporting.”

The next event is the International Trade Club Breakfast meeting taking place on the 22nd February 2018
For more information on the International Trade Club contact 01254 356448 and speak to Marie White or another member of the team, alternatively email [email protected].

For more information on the International Trade Club contact Marie White on 01254 356448 or [email protected]