The International Trade Club brought together specialists able to provide a glimpse at the sort of future businesses can expect once we have exited the EU.

Professor Fiona Smith, Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Warwick’s School of Law, is an expert on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which may be the rules that the UK falls back to if no deal on our future trading relationship with Europe is reached.
The second speaker of the day was Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics, British Chamber of Commerce. Mike represents the BCC on business policy and matters relating to local economic development. Mike informed businesses of the many changes that had happened in the past 12 months.
Laurie Thomas, Managing Director, Vision Support Services, a leading supplier and distributor of luxury, specialist and performance textile gave his top 10 tips.
The final presentation of the morning was made by Helen Cowley, a partner at the International Trade Club’s sponsor Cassons who spoke about how things will change when we leave the EU.

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“As a new member to the International Trade Club, I thoroughly enjoyed my first meeting and can’t wait for the next one”
JON HOYLE, Managing Director, Bright Engineering, Nelson.



Guest presenters include Simon Mollan, Senior Lecturer at York Management School, University of York who will discuss three scenarios for Brexit – hard, soft and limbo. Louise Green, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor for Lancashire Constabulary will update on the current terrorist threat and support available for international businesses. Andrew Turner, MD of composite tube makers Langtec will humor us with his tales when travelling overseas.


The International Trade Club will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with the annual gala lunch hosting the 2017 International Trade Awards. To book your tickets for this fantastic event, or enter one of the three awards contact Marie White at / 01254 356448

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