Our first article by guest blogger and Export Expert Gemma Price
The British Chamber of Commerce network has always been on the frontline of international trade, providing practical support and guidance to business at local and national levels. In the past twelve months Chambers have dramatically enhanced the range of campaigns, initiatives and trade services available to members, making exporting successfully easier than ever.
Most businesses associate Chambers with networking, and rightly so, realising this local Chambers launched a series of export focused events and groups/clubs specifically aimed at supporting exporters. Groups interact regularly via social media platforms as well as traditional networking events, meaning strong connections and mentor relationships can be formed.
As attendance figures and interaction levels soared so did the need for export related services and training. Local Chambers adapted quickly to meet the ever-changing needs of their members by rolling out a nationally accredited international trade training programme. Titles range from “Introduction to exporting” which covers the fundamentals of international trade, to the more complex aspects of commercial export with “Letters of Credit” and “Preference rules of origin”. Delegates who successfully complete six or more titles are awarded the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce Foundation Award in Exporting, providing a cost effective way for all businesses to have in-house export capabilities.
The Chamber of Commerce network enjoys great diversity, with many local services being tailored over time to meet the needs of the local business. British Chambers of Commerce celebrate this diversity with their new online export resource www.exportbritain.org.uk , which highlights the export support available to UK businesses via the local, national and international Chamber network. Export Britain maps the entire export journey, from market research to getting goods to market (and everything inbetween!). The site also boasts a catalogue of the hundreds of international trade events run nationally each year, making attending events and connecting with like-minded businesses incredibly easy. Despite business trips to Oslo & Moscow I have still managed to squeeze three events in this week (although I am a serial networker!).
It’s always great to be asked for guidance when a UK business receives their first export enquiry or order (preferably an order!). The British Chamber of Commerce network have developed an exceptional support system for UK Businesses meaning export is now a realistic, profitable and viable prospect for all. In my opinion the Chambers are truly driving UK exports forward.
About the Author
Gemma is passionate about international trade and about supporting SMEs. Running the export office for a large manufacturer, as well as working directly with companies to guide their export journey, Gemma also finds time to write a blog encouraging more companies to explore growth through exports.