Corona Virus

Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 - 9 June

Tuesday 9th 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.

DIT 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.

Report a Trade Barrier

If you think you’re facing a trade barrier, please get in touch - we might be able to help resolve it. A trade barrier is something that slows down, limits or prevents a UK business exporting to or investing in an overseas market.

If there’s a barrier because of coronavirus, click here to let us know. It helps the UK government’s response to the pandemic.

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/July 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.

Discussing World Bank Group (WBG) Procurement Opportunities in the Caribbean
9th june 2020 @ 3:30pm

Join colleagues from the UK's Department for International Trade and Mr. Shaun Moss, Lead Procurement Specialist from the World Bank Group(WBG) to learn more about upcoming WBG-funded project procurement opportunities in the Caribbean.
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

Top tips for trading responsibly in Covid-19 crisis for the consumer and retail sector
16th June 2020 @ 11am

This webinar offers you practical tips to continue to trade safely and responsibly in times of global crisis. SMEs will be hearing from HMG officials and experts in integrity risk management in supply chains. For details see 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.

Growing your online sales with Wayfair in Europe and the US - 17th June 2020 @ 11am

DIT and Wayfair invite you to join this webinar dedicated to selling profitably on the Wayfair platform, the leading marketplace for everything around home and living in the US and Europe. 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.

Top tips for trading responsibly in Covid-19 crisis for the food and drink sector
23rd June 2020 @ 11am

This webinar offers you practical tips to continue to trade safely and responsibly in times of global crisis. SMEs will be hearing from HMG officials and experts in integrity risk management in supply chains. 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.

Export opportunities in the US electric vehicles sector
25th June 2020 @ 2pm

Hear from Department for International Trade (DIT) US automotive team Josh Williams and Rebecca Saletta along with John Kell, automotive sector specialist in DIT HQ.
For details see here.

Export opportunities in the automotive and future mobility sectors in China
1st July 2020 @ 9am

Hear from Department for International Trade (DIT) sector and market specialists and the China Britain Business Council about the latest developments, opportunities and support available for exporters in the UK and China. 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.

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.

Other useful Webinars for the coming week

Returning to work: Better, Stronger, Wiser…Returning to work when lockdown is lifted
10th June 2020 @ 2pm
SEMLEP Growth Hub

As you and your organisation prepare to return, learn how can you use the events & experiences of living through this crisis to come back better, stronger, wiser & more resilient? For details see here.

Customs Declarations - 10th June 2020 @ 10am
D2N2 Growth Hub

If you are a customs agent or your company uses customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU, you will need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU. This webinar will help you understand the importance of submitting accurate customs declarations. For details see here.

UK - EU Separation: Impact on Exports - 11th June 2020 @ 10am
D2N2 Growth Hub

This webinar will review the export process and highlight the key areas that businesses should be considering as they prepare for the UK’s new relationship with Europe.
For details see here.

Offshore Wind Supply Chain (Offshore Wind Growth Partnership)
10th June 2020 @ 4pm
Subsea UK

Do you want to hear about the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and its future plans? If so, don't miss the opportunity and join this webinar. For details see here.

Implications of Covid-19 for the Life Sciences sector - 11th June 2020 @ 11am
Medilink

Join Mills & Reeve partners, James Fry and Melanie James, for an insight into the legal and regulatory issues thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic. James and Melanie will highlight some of the main questions facing businesses during this difficult period, as they grapple with staffing issues, contractual problems and regulatory turbulence.
For details see here.

Bitesize Lincs: Attracting your Ideal Customers to your Website: Top SEO Tips for Businesses - 11th June 2020 @ 2pm
Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

This webinar will explain what SEO is, what it means, and how you can use it to make sure that your website gets seen by more people who are interested in purchasing your product and services. For details see here.

Getting Cashflow savvy during Covid-19: How to stay afloat, save time and plan ahead
11th June 2020 @ 2pm
Festival of Enterprise

Cashflow is the number one reason for small businesses to fail, and right now it’s more important now than ever. Our webinar will leave with you practical tips for cashflow success. For details see here.

Covid-19 and Its Impact on Trade in Developing Countries - 11th June 2020@ 3pm
Strategy International

Join us for a webinar event as we explore the repercussions and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global trade, focusing mainly on the challenges facing the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The discussion will also touch on how this may affect trade opportunities for the UK and economic recovery looking further ahead.
For details see here.

Paid Search for Your E-commerce Business - 12th June 2020 @ 10am
D2N2 Growth Hub

This webinar will take you through the basics of paid search & display marketing including a detailed look at shopping ads. It will also cover account structure, product feed optimization, different types of ads, ad extensions and audience targeting.
For details see here.

Support for Exporters through Covid-19 and beyond: How UK Export Finance has responded to Covid-19 - 11th June 2020 @ 4pm
Subsea UK and UKEF

Hear from Alistair McMillan, Export Finance Manager - Aberdeenshire, Tayside, Highlands & Islands speaking about UKEF's response to the Covid-19 crisis, including the expansion of export insurance, and the launch of the new ‘General Export Facility’ in June.
For details see here.

Isolation and Covid-19: Strategies to support entrepreneurs - 15th June @ 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.