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Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 - 07 July

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DIT East Midlands: Special News Bulletin

This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. We also highlight the availability of additional resources that are available to help local businesses get through his unprecedented crisis.

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Government unveils £200 million Sustainable Innovation Fund

The Government’s new Sustainable Innovation Fund opens for applications today. The fund will provide £200 million in grants to support innovative UK businesses drive forward cutting-edge new tech and recover from the impacts of coronavirus.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) publishes its 2020-2024 Business Plan

The UKEF 2020-2024 Business Plan sets out UKEF’s strategy over the next four years, including their role in the UK’s recovery from the impact of coronavirus. It reflects and renews the government’s ambition for the UK to become an exporting powerhouse, overcome international obstacles to UK business and strengthen trade relationships with our partners around the world.

New measures to help relieve the burden on businesses

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill received royal assent on 25 June 2020. The new measures (such as temporary easements for Company House filings and changes to the insolvency framework) will relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and allow you to focus efforts on continuing to operate.

Government Business Support

Businesses facing disruption due to the spread of the virus can visit the dedicated business support hub. Coronavirus (Covid-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

DIT Business Advice Service

As part of our ongoing support, we currently offer a free 30-minute video or telephone consultation with one of our experienced International Trade Advisers. To discuss any business issues you may be experiencing, book your session here.

Department for International Trade Webinar Programme July 2020

DIT continue to add to the series of webinars designed to help you manage the impact of Covid-19. Book early to secure your place.

Digital Colombia Investment Roadshow: 7- 8- 9th July 2020 @ 1pm

The Colombia Investment Roadshow is a business platform created in the UK in 2018, which aims at promoting and attracting Foreign Direct Investment into Colombia, as well as creating business opportunities for UK and other global companies in Colombia. For details see here.

Australian Digital Health Webinar - 8th July 2020 @ 9am

Australia is a compelling destination for digital health investment and innovation. Join the UK Department for International Trade and Austrade to gain insights into the opportunities and challenges in this sector and how companies are navigating and finding success in the Australian market. For details see here.

Focus on the Chemicals Sector with DIT France & Germany - 8th July 2020 @ 2pm

In this one-hour webinar we will cover inside market and sector knowledge from our team of experts and an overview of current opportunities and challenges across the Chemicals sector.
For details see here.

Choosing the right global marketplaces for your business with Rich Insight - 9th July 2020 @ 10am

Understand how your business can improve decision making. Rich Insight will be sharing their methodology for making marketplace channel decisions, including assessing selection criteria, marketplace profitability, as well as choosing between different operational models and the process for prioritisation. For details see here.

Central Europe: Overview and opportunities in the Automotive and Smart Mobility sectors, post Covid-19 - 9th July @ 10am

Hear from Ljupcso Mihailovszki, automotive lead from the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Central Europe and Jay Nagley, sector specialist in DIT HQ. For details see here.

Professionalism on Screen in our New Virtual Working Environment: SME Covid-19 Series - 10th July 2020 @ 10am

Now that meetings have moved online, a professional attitude needs to transcribe into the virtual working world. This webinar outlines the fundamental screen techniques to help you appear more professional and engage with greater confidence in front of your clients. For details see here.

Navigating E-commerce in the US - 14th July 2020 @ 3pm

Our webinar will provide a clear overview of the e-commerce market in the US and the on-going impact of Covid-19. Our North American Team will also take a close look at key players who shape the market, favoured venture capitalists who are investing, as well as the regulatory and regional landscape. For details see here.

Mexico: UK Growth Opportunities - 14th July 2020 @ 4pm

Capital Investment (CI) focussed webinar to showcase some of the opportunities to HNWIs and Family Offices across our networks in LATAC and particularly how our team can support you.
For details see here.

Selling food & drink products directly in China via e-commerce - 15th July @ 10am

Join this webinar by DIT in collaboration with InfinityBlue Marketplaces to learn what you need to know as a UK company to start selling food and drink products from the UK into the Chinese market. For details see here.

Exporting Food and Drink products to China post Covid-19: everything you need to know - 15th July 2020 @ 2pm

With China emerging ahead of other international markets from Covid-19, demand from food and drink importers for new products is also picking up. Join this webinar to learn everything you need to know about exporting food and/or drink to China. For details see here.

UKABC Digital Export Series: The Future of the Food and Drink Sector in ASEAN - 16th July 2020 @ 9:30am

Southeast Asia is well placed to champion growth as its economies get back up and running, post Covid-19. You will hear from our panel of experts about how the region will bounce back and the opportunities and challenges for UK exporters. For details see here.

International Marketing Essentials in Times of Change: SME Covid-19 Series - 17th July 2020 @ 10am

Learn the essentials of export marketing and generate more sales overseas. You will truly understand what makes the difference in great international marketing communications and forge ahead of your competitors in global markets. For details see here.

Exporting Food and Drink products to South Korea post pandemic - 21st July 2020 @ 9am

After managing Covid-19 better than most developed economies, South Korea is also recovering earlier than others. Korean consumers are reasserting their demand for better value, quality, and diversity in their food choices. Join this webinar to learn all you need to know.
For details see here.

Mind Your Export Business: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety for Busy Exporters - SME Covid-19 Series - 22nd July 2020 @ 10am

This interactive webinar will help you navigate through these unprecedented times and highlight how you can keep yourself mentally and physically motivated. For details see here.

Future mobility export opportunities in the German market - 22nd July 2020 @ 10am

Join this webinar to hear the latest developments in this sector from Magdalena Klischat, DIT Germany’s Senior Manager for Mobility. For details see here.

Exporting Food and Drink products to the UAE: post Covid-19 trends and opportunities - 28th July 2020 @ 11am

The pandemic has boosted online grocery searches by 560% in the UAE. Total food and drink sales are projected to grow by 6.9% to £29.5bn. Join DIT and British Centres for Business for the latest intel and key need-to-knows. For details see here.

The fast changing landscape of eCommerce 2020; what it's taught us & why it makes sense to consider expanding cross-border now - 29th July 2020 @ 10am

Join Callum Campbell, CEO at Linnworks and Ian Moore, MD at Tyme Online for eCommerce insight and reflection of the key trends and changes over the last few months. For details see here.

Other relevant webinars for the coming week

Unlock!: The Cranfield BGP Response Programme Un-conference - 7th July @ 1pm
Cranfield University (chargeable event)

This will bring SMEs and subject-matter experts together for an afternoon of fun, peer-to-peer learning and conversations to “unlock” some answers to the challenging questions of how we will ruin out businesses going forward. For details see here.

UKABC's Digital Conversation on the Future of Fintech in Southeast Asia - 8th July 2020 @ 9:30am

Join the UK ASEAN Business council to learn more about the future of Fintech in Southeast Asia.
For details see here.

Opportunities in Medtech Innovation: Long-term neurological conditions - 9th July 2020 @ 11am

This webinar is open to Life Science businesses who are seeking to learn about the opportunities in medtech innovation and wish to ask questions directly to the experts. For details see here.

Redundancy Support for Employers - 9th July 2020 @ 2pm
Business Lincolnshire

Attend this webinar to learn about the latest support available from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through their Rapid Response Service (RRS) for employers and employees facing redundancy. For details see here.

Getting Your CE Marking Right - 10th July 2020 @ 10am
D2N2 Growth Hub

This session will give you an overview of the CE marking process and the support on offer for businesses. You will gain an understanding of the CE marking directives and learn how to identify and apply them. For details see here.

Thinking of Exporting? An introduction to successful exporting in an ever changing world - 14th July 2020 @ 9:30 am
Lincolnshire Chamber (Full day chargeable event)

A one-day programme for Companies who would like to start exporting “the right way” – both legally and cost-effectively. For details see here.

How to pitch to Investors as a Life Science Company - 15th July 2020 @ 11am

This webinar introduces life science and healthcare SMES and innovators to some of the key factors to consider when approaching private investors for funding. For details see here.

Published on Tuesday 7th July 2020

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