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Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 2 June

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

This bulletin has been provided to us by the Department for International Trade

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.

Entering or returning to the UK

The Government has published further details on the changes for those entering or returning to the UK from 8 June 2020, including a list of travellers that are exempt from the mandatory 14 day self-isolation. See more here.

Update on DIT 1-1 Business Advice Service

DIT’s free 30-minute video consultation with one of our experienced International Trade Advisers, to discuss any business issues you may be experiencing, is now available via telephone or video conference. Book your session here.

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. To see what support is available for you and your business, use this business support finder.

Department for International Trade Webinar Programme June 2020

DIT have produced a series of webinars designed to help you manage the impact of Covid-19. These include sessions on International Trade, International Marketing and Digital Upskilling. Book early to secure your place.

Harness the power of Social Media in times of crisis - SME Covid-19 Series
4th June 2020 @10am

Join us for guidance on creating online content, communicating and engaging with your target audience during Covid-19. Packed with tips and insights from industry experts, this webinar will help you leverage social media channels to stay visible, stay connected and help generate potential future business. For details see here.

Finding new customers through social media and content marketing
4th June 2020 @ 10am

Social media can be a great way to engage with a new audience and expand your brand awareness. Learn about the key to being successful on social channels and what content you should be creating to make your business engagement grow. For details see here.

The basics of online advertising - 5th June 2020 @ 10am

Online advertising is by far the quickest way to gain more visitors, however it can be very expensive if it is not managed correctly. Learn about the different types of online adverts you could use and how to set up a basic campaign. For details see here.

Managing International Supply Chains - 09 June 2020 @ 10am

Review your ability to get your goods from A to B by considering your supply chain, production capacity, delivery, outstanding orders and lead times. We will examine challenges in the movement and clearance of goods and the ability to provide customer service/after sales service and also look at the challenge of communicating clearly with local representatives while understanding their capacity. For details see here.

Risk Management Strategies and Frameworks - SME Covid-19 Series 10th June 2020 @10am

Gain tools to help your business manage risks and build resilience during the Covid-19 and beyond. For details see here.

Selling services overseas: during and after Covid-19 - 10th June 2020 @ 2:30pm

In this webinar we will look at formulating your international plan, how to market your service, where in the world should you focus, developing effective relationships, and the top success factors. For details see here.

Covid-19: Impact on Culture and Communication when dealing with the German market 10th June 2020 @ 11am

Covid-19 has impacted how we do business. The webinar will help you to improve your communication with partners and clients in the region. For details see here.

Managing International Logistics and Shipping - 11 June 2020 @ 10am

This session will explore the impact of the pandemic on international movement of goods and consider the disruptions of ongoing changes within the shipping industry. The training will focus on supply chain resilience and explain methods of managing disruptive situations, understanding, and meeting changes in compliance requirements and ways of building resilience into logistics and shipping plans. For details see here.

Perfect your international marketing strategy

During these webinars we will examine how you can evaluate, adapt or create relevant marketing strategies to meet changed market environments around the world (including the UK), and then plan and initiate appropriate marketing communications to maximise your sales opportunities.

Part One: 16th June 2020 @ 10am - book here
Part Two: 24th June 2020 @ 10am - book here

Covid-19: Impact on Culture and Communication when dealing with the Indian market 17th June 2020 @ 11am

Covid-19 has impacted how we do business. The webinar will help you to improve your communication with partners and clients in the region. For details see here.

Remote International Sales and Business Development: Selling internationally in a post Covid-19 Global Market - 18 June 2020 @ 10am

We will consider how the disruption of Covid-19 may be hastening changes to the way people work and live, and evaluate the possible impact on international trade. The session will review typical international sales strategies considering the changing role of local representatives. We will review the growing popularity of e-commerce and methods of preparing your business to maximise exposure and benefit along with methods of promotion. For details see here.

Covid-19: Impact on Culture and Communication when dealing with the Middle East 23rd June 2020 @ 11am

Covid-19 has impacted how we do business. The webinar will help you to improve your communication with partners and clients in the region. The Middle East is a diverse, hugely lucrative but also challenging export market. For details see here.

Other useful Webinars for the coming week

Bitesize Lincs - Emerging from Lockdown: Making your workplace Covid-secure 2nd June 2020 @ 2pm
Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

Discover how you can respond to the changing risk this pandemic brings and make your work space Covid-secure by attending this webinar. Our risk assessment expert will discuss how to identify the hazards in your work setting, scope the risks and decide on the best actions to eliminate or reduce these together with methods to continuously monitor and review. For details see here.

The Future of Work in India - 3rd June 2020 @10:30am
UK India Business Council

The UK India Business Council is pleased to invite you to a timely webinar discussing the future of work. UKIBC member Pearson Plc is leading conversations together with regional business councils and colleagues from the Department for International Trade (DIT). Given the implications associated with COVID-19 and the number of those who have lost their jobs in India as a direct consequence, this webinar comes at a crucial time for those involved in the higher education sector. For details see here.

Isolation and Covid-19: Strategies to support entrepreneurs - 3rd June 2020 @ 12pm
Festival of Enterprise

The session will provide an insight into how you can respond to the pandemic to maintain motivation and inspiration. For details see here.

Lessons from Lockdown: Cashflow & Supply Chain - 3rd June @12:30pm
D2N2 Growth Hub

A series of weekly support webinars providing businesses across the East Midlands with help and support during the Covid-19 crisis. For details see here.

Tools of the Trade: Develop your International Trade Toolkit - 4th June 2020 @ 10am
D2N2 Growth Hub

This webinar offers importers and exporters the opportunity to enhance their understanding of key themes whilst exploring and learning to navigate a selection of new and existing online platforms which are essential reference tools as we move towards our new trading relationship with Europe. For details see here.

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - 4th June @ 2pm
SEMLEP

In this webinar we focus on how business leaders in logistics, manufacturing and construction can adapt the work environment to maintain safety and wellbeing.
For details see here.

Bitesize Lincs: Marketing in a post Covid-19 world - 4th June 2020 @ 2pm
Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

This webinar, hosted by Peter Watson, Managing Director of Distract, will explore some of the techniques that his team are using to help brands get through this challenging time.
For details see here.

How to become a thought leader during crisis times - 5th June @ 12pm
Festival of Enterprise

Hear from Ben Kaplan, a Harvard-trained economist who previously served as a case writer at Harvard Business School and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
For details see here.

Strategy: Growing your business post-lockdown - 5th June 2020 @ 2pm
Festival of Enterprise

During this session John Courtney, Founder of BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk will showing you how to discover market gaps by addressing core business growth questions.
For details see here.

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