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27 November, 2014 - 15:09 By News Desk

Uplifting export advice from Ultimo founder

Michelle-Mone

Ultimo founder Michelle Mone is one of the keynote speakers at a major UKTI conference on December 3 at Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire.

The ‘Seize the Export Opportunity’ conference, which is aimed at MSBs (Medium-Sized Businesses), will help them to assess their export capability and get started in international trade, or develop their existing export operations further.

Other keynote speakers will include former Lego Director of Global Branding and Business Development, Christian Majgaard, and Sir Richard Olver, former non-executive chairman of BAE Systems PLC.

Thinley Topden, acting regional director for UKTI said: “MSBs really punch above their weight when it comes to their contribution to the overall UK economy and employment figures. However, they have the potential to do so much more in international markets with the resources they have to develop new projects and pursue more growth opportunities.

“UKTI can provide the crucial support for these businesses through guidance from our dedicated Medium-sized business Trade Advisers on international strategy and routes to market, Intellectual property and international business culture as well as brokering new contacts and facilitating access to High Value Opportunities projects with the support of the British Embassies overseas.”

Professor Joe Nellis, director of Cranfield School of Management added: “The School of Management of Cranfield University is delighted to support this important UKTI conference.  As the economy continues to rebalance in the wake of the global financial crisis, sustainability and growth of the export sector are critical to the future of the UK.”

Business leaders attending the event will gain insights from a variety of experienced exporters drawn from their successes and challenges in expanding through internationalisation and export.

They will hear from experts on specific topics around world economic trends, ethics and governance as well as cultural understanding and due diligence whether entering a new market or creating joint ventures. There also will be a range of breakout sessions to look at an industry or service with an export lens in more detail.

• To register for the conference visit: www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/export

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