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The future of international trade after Brexit

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We hear a lot about the Brexit negotiations but much less about what our trading relationships will look like after we leave the EU.

An International Trade Forum in Manchester city centre on November 15th aims to fill in some of the blanks.

This free event is run by the Department for International Trade and Insider Media, and is sponsored by RSM. It is aimed at importers and exporters.

Speakers include Cumbria’s Barry Leahey, of Playdale Playgrounds in Haverthwaite, who received the MBE last year for ‘Services to UK trade and investment and exports’.

Click here for our podcast with Barry Leahey on  exporting

Other speakers include Alex Marshall of Clarke Energy, Howard Goldman of Rayburn Trading, Jon Whiteley of JWT and Jonathan McKendry of Carrington Textiles Commercial.

There are two sessions:

  1. The Empire strikes back

Focusing on the Commonwealth countries including India, Australia and Nigeria, delegates we will hear what advantages the Commonwealth brings in trade in terms of laws, infrastructure and how countries like Singapore and Canada can be a good alternative to the likes of China and the US.

The British Government is busy seeking to boost trade links with African Commonwealth nations in what has been called “Empire2.0”.

Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary wants to build better links with the 52-member organisation and start talks to allow Britain to work more closely with an African free trade zone.

Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, said: “When the UK joined the EU it tore up its previous agreements with Commonwealth allies and it will now need to set about rebuilding these relationships for trade.”

  1. The import economy

The session will look at air freight and sea freight and how they feature in the import economy.

From Manchester Airport’s new direct service to Mumbai to Liverpool’s Port’s new opportunities.

How can the region re-balance our import economy and utilise the ports and airports to their full potential?

Delegates will hear from some of the region’s successful importers to gain their insight into how a growing importer can take advantage of what the North West region has to offer in order to aid future growth plans.

The forum takes place at The Hilton Manchester Deansgate, on Thursday November 15th, from 10.30am to 12:15pm.

To book your place email Catherynn@cumbriachamber.co.uk

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