The International Trade Club, sponsored by Baldwins, a CogitalGroup Company, and Forbes Solicitors, welcomed a number of businesses from across Lancashire to its latest Breakfast Meeting for advice on final preparations for Brexit.

On Thursday February 20th, over 60 guests attended The Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel, in Accrington, to hear from four guest expert speakers, who shared their knowledge of importing and exporting to help local firms anticipate any trading issues they may face.

DSV Air and Sea Limited, Senior Strategic Manager Simon Booth talked to guests about the challenges facing importers and exporters in the global markets. He said: “This year will bring various challenges to importers and exporters, such as the volatility of the freight market caused by the Coronavirus, and of course, Brexit, but if businesses start their preparation now, they will benefit when it comes to January 1st 2021”.

Moneycorp’s Corporate Account Manager John Sawyer also talked to guests about how to save money with international payments. With over two decades of experience in dealing with foreign exchange, John explained how Moneycorp, along with the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, can provide a tailored FX exchange to multi-sized businesses.

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce International Business Director Mandy Lockett provided an overview of the revised Incoterms® Rules 2020 used in contracts when buying and selling internationally and explained the importance of having a clear understanding of using and applying these rules.

Toxophily Consulting General Management & Commercial Consultant Tony Camp discussed how product development and product sourcing impact businesses’ import and export strategies. He then provided guests with some tips on what to think about when developing their own plans.

After the event, Mandy Lockett commented: “This was a stimulating and thought-provoking event which raised a great deal of interesting discussion. On behalf of the chamber, I would like to thank all of the fantastic speakers for their time and expertise.

“The International Trade Club is committed to supporting the Lancashire business community’s trade opportunities; developing their knowledge through sharing experiences with a team of global commerce, especially at this uncertain time.”

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Videos from our presenters at the breakfast meeting:

Simon Booth from DSV Air and Sea – International Shipments

John Sawyer from Moneycorp – Tips on saving money with FX

Mandy Lockett MIEX from East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce – Incoterms® 2020 rules

Tony Camp from Toxophily Consluting – Sourcing Products Internationally

Images for the breakfast meeting – click here.

International Trade Club Breakfast Meetings 2020

3rd December 2020 – Annual Gala Lunch and Awards Ceremony

The International Trade Club is now accepting entries for the categories below:

  • Outstanding Importer Achievement
  • Outstanding Exporter Achievement
  • Newcomer to International Trade

To enter our prestigious awards, contact Abigail Finlayson at or download the application form below.

The next event will take place on Thursday May 14th 2020. If you would like to attend or for any further information about the club, call Abigail Finlayson on 01254 356447 or email

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Published On: February 26th, 2020