International Trade Events

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For more information please contact Amy Cawley on 0161 393 4368 or email

An overview of webinars and events happening in the North West, UK and internationally, organised in collaboration with the Chamber and its partners to help you trade internationally.

  • 1. North West Events
  • 2. UK Events
  • 3. Overseas Events
  • 4. Trade Missions
  • 5. Webinars


International Travel and Operational Security Seminar

Date: 26th September 2017

Time: 9am - 1:45pm

Location: Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Price: Free but registration is required

Organiser: Squire Paton Boggs

Sector: Law

This seminar will provide a practical and interactive approach to managing the risks of overseas travel for employees - keeping them sage and, in turn, reducing the risk to your business. The seminar will use case studies to contrast domestic and overseas law and draw out the practical implications.

It will highlight the employer's legal duties in relation to workers and third parties overseas, give an overview of the pitfalls and legal obligations relating to driving abroad and the use of economy services such as Airbnb and Uber while traveling, and conclude with a practical session on crisis management and business continuity.

If you would like more information about this event or if you want to register, please email

International Travel and Operational Security Seminar

Date: 27th September 2017

Time: 9am - 1:45pm

Location: Squire Patton Boggs, Trinity Court, 16 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M60 8HS

Price: Free but registration is required

Organiser: Squire Paton Boggs

Sector: Law

This seminar will provide a practical and interactive approach to managing the risks of overseas travel for employees - keeping them sage and, in turn, reducing the risk to your business. The seminar will use case studies to contrast domestic and overseas law and draw out the practical implications.

It will highlight the employer's legal duties in relation to workers and third parties overseas, give an overview of the pitfalls and legal obligations relating to driving abroad and the use of economy services such as Airbnb and Uber while traveling, and conclude with a practical session on crisis management and business continuity.

If you would like more information about this event or if you want to register, please email

International Trade Forum

Date: 17th October 2017

Time: 8am-10:30am

Location: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD

Cost: Member – 1 free place per company (Additional places charged at £10 +VAT) Non-Member - £30+VAT (Please note: Invoice will be raised once your place is confirmed)

Organisers: International Trade Team - Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Sector: Exporters

Following on from our previous International Trade Forum in June, we are delighted to announce our next event will take place on the 17th October with the theme of Customs and Trade.

The Forum is kindly sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs and our speakers will provide an update on customs and tariffs as well as providing an overview to EU policy and a view from Brussels.


  • 8:00am Registration, networking and refreshments

  • 8:40am Customs and Tarriffs (Aline Doussin, Squire Patton Boggs)

  • 8:55am EU Policy and the view from Brussels (Wolfgang Maschek, Squire Patton Boggs)

  • 9:10am Introduction to Market Selection (Anne Williams, Precision Data)

  • 9:20am Q & A Panel

  • 9:40am Final words by GM Chamber

  • 9:45am Networking

  • 10:30am Close

To register your interest for the event please visit


Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: Thursday 21st September

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Location: Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Organisers:Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Cost: Free

Sector: Chinese Outbound Investment/ Creative Industries (Design, Digital Entertainment, Content)/ Film/ Finance (RMB Business and Fundraising)/ Infrastructure Development & Real Estate-Related Services/ Logistics & Maritime Services/

Professional Services (Accountancy, Legal, Consultancy, etc)/ Technology Collaboration (Including Bio, Green and Manufacturing Tech)/ Selling to China and throughout Asia

With the support of a variety of business organisations, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” was successfully held in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich in September 2016.

As Asia continues to drive the global economy's growth, British companies keen on exploring new business opportunities in the East can partner with Hong Kong, Asia's international trade and financial centre, in their search for success.

Following the overwhelming response in the UK, Japan, USA, France, Italy, Canada and Germany, Think Asia, Think Hong Kong will revisit the city of London, UK in September 2017.


  • 8:45 – 9:30 Registration
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Opening Session- Mr Vincent H S Lo, GBS, JP Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, The Right Honourable Liam Fox, MP British Secretary of State for International Trade
  • 10:00 – 10:40 Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Given the continuing global economic shift to the East and the rise of Asia’s emerging markets, Hong Kong is perfectly placed to help overseas companies sell their goods and services in Asia, particularly the Chinese mainland. Prominent business leaders will share their experience and insights into realising opportunities in the booming markets of Asia.
  • 10:40 – 11:05 Q&A Session
  • 11:05 – 11:25 Coffee Break
  • 11:25 – 12:05 Overseas Companies finding success in Asia through the Hong Kong Platform - This session will feature success stories of tapping into the Asian market through Hong Kong. Speakers will share their practical insights into how one can leverage Hong Kong service excellence to expand their business in Asia and explore the Belt & Road opportunities.
  • 12:05 – 12:30 Q&A Session
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Networking Lunch

For more information please email

BCC International Trade Summit 2017

Date: 12th October 2017

Time: TBC

Location: VOX Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham

Cost: £99-£299 dependent on package.

Sector: All

Organisers:British Chambers of Commerce

The event will give delegates practical advice, invaluable resources and the contacts needed to grow their business, and begin the next step of their export journey. Whatever stage of the export journey you are at, the BCC’s International Trade Summit is the event that will help you take your business to the next level. There will be a choice of informative workshops, lively panel discussions with businesses with export experience from a range of sectors, stimulating speeches from successful exporters and household names. And, of course, plenty of time for networking.

Join us on the 12th October to:

  • LEARN – from peer-to-peer inspiration and gain advice from successful exporting businesses
  • EXPORT – by looking at the changing face of export compliance especially in light of BREXIT including customs, VAT and standards finance.
  • GROW – learn which markets to target and what help is available to help grow your export sales in Europe and beyond.

Annual International Trade Dinner

The evening before the event, they are hosting the BCC’s Annual International Trade Dinner at the VOX Conference Centre which will bring together over 200 delegates from the Chamber Network and wider business community including; Chamber Staff, Exporting businesses, Overseas Chambers, partners and more. This will be a great opportunity to make connections and gain practical advice from in-market experts to help you grow your businesses.

To register or find out more information please click here:


Trade-show Access Programme(TAP) Supported Exhibitions

From 1st April 2017 to 30th March 2018

Please follow this link to see the details of TAP supported exhibitions for 1 April – 30 September 2017 and 1 October 2017- 30th March 2018

Please note this funding is not provided through the Greater Manchester of Chamber and eligibility applies.

5th annual B2B event “Export and Trading Potential of the Świętokrzyskie Food and Food Processing Producers Sector”

Date: 23rd - 26th August 2017


Location: Świętokrzyskie

Cost:Free but competitive, registrations will be vetted.

Sector:Food Sector

Organisers:The Marshal Office of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

The Marshal Office of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland are looking for 1 business partner from the UK who would like to take part in the event and is interested in making business contacts with their food producers. The purpose of this event is to promote the Świętokrzyskie Food and Food Processing sector on foreign markets and establish new business contacts within this branch.

The companies we are mostly interested in:

  • Fruit and vegetable industry distributors or investors, especially apples,
  • Cider producers,
  • Food processing business distributors,
  • Sweets distributors or investors,
  • Super and hypermarkets executives/managers

If you would like more information please email

SAARC Investment Forum

Date: 6th September 2017

Time: 8:30am - 6pm

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka

Cost:$125 USD + Tax

Organisers:Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka

Sector: Renewable Energy, Manufacturing, Tourism, Real Estate

South Asia is home to more than 1.6 billion people and has experienced significant economic growth over the last decade. World bank notified that South Asia as the world’s fastest growing region in the world and expects to remain in more than 7% growth until 2017. 30% of the population is currently under the age of 15, creating a future demographic bulge that presents an opportunity to develop human capital and nurture entrepreneurship. The markets in South Asia offer a diverse array of investment opportunities in different sectors. Largest amounts of capital have been deployed in the sectors of energy, financial services and manufacturing, and these remain active sectors for investment across the region. There is huge potential in other sectors such as ago-business, health, and information and communication technology, and in businesses providing basic goods and services.


  • SAARC Investor Forum is an effort to unleash unlimited investment opportunities in the region while branding South Asia as an investment hub to encourage South Asian investors for cross border investments within the region and attract investors from outside the region.
  • Encourage young and innovative entrepreneurs to interact with experienced entrepreneurs to share experience and find funds to implement their innovative ideas.
  • Create a space for Investors to network with South Asian business community and policy makers.

For more information, please email

Great British Ale Festival Trade Mission

Date: 7-9 September 2017

Time: 9am - 7pm daily

Location: Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sector: Beverages

Organisers:The British-Slovenia Chamber of Commerce

Cost: Flights to Slovenia

Main aim: To introduce real ale to the SLO market and wider region.

What you get FREE of charge:

  • Registration fee
  • 2 nights with breakfast incl. in a single room for 1 person
  • Organisation of up to 5 B2B meetings
  • Transfer from LJ Airport and back
  • Your products showcased & sold on a shared stand, presented by hostesses

Festival Programme:

  • Day 1 - official opening & B2B meetings at the Festival
  • Day 2 - B2B meetings and festival & Round Table - What is real ale?
  • Day 2 - Festival and beer tasting workshop& UK band gig

If you're interested in this trade mission please email registering your interest before the 4th July 2017

Agri-Tech trade show, India

Date:7th-9th September 2017

Cost: Flights & Accomodation

Location: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad.

Sector: Food, Agriculture & Manufacturing

Organisers: Kenes Exhibitions

About Agro-Tex Trade show

The 5th edition of AGRI-TEX 2017 is supported by State Govt of Telangana and is organized by Kenes Exhibitions. This International Agricultural, Dairy and Food Processing Trade Fair, will be an opportunity for all those involved in the fields of Agriculture, Dairy & related activities to expand and diversify their business in India. The trade show will focus in the areas of: Seed Technology, Dairy, Aquaculture, Agri Machinery (with focus on water saving technologies), Precision Agriculture and Food Processing. An international conference is also planned on the lines of the exhibition.

Join the UK pavilion (for free) and Showcase the UK’s innovation and excellence in Agri-Tech; Promote UK products and generate export opportunities:

  • Conduct 1-2-1 meetings and display marketing materials in an exclusive meeting area;
  • Meet with senior policy makers and influencers of State Government of Telangana, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders; join bespoke sessions at the conference
  • Promote, pitch on purchasing and partnering from some of India’s innovative Agri-tech start-ups as well as SMEs looking to partner with UK companies.
  • Generate FDI prospects

Charges: No charges for joining the mission, delegates only need to pay for flights, accommodation, subsistence and other personal expenses. response at the earliest.

Last date for registration: 4 Aug

Please email for more information

SAARC Trade Fair

Date: 7th to 9th September 2017

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka

Organisers: Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka

Sector: Manufacturing

Cost: $855 USD + Tax


  • Promote intra regional trade and investment
  • Brand South Asia as an investment hub and trading partner to the world
  • Create business links within businesses in the region
  • Encourage business to share knowledge and expertise
  • Showcase and exchange cultures and traditions of the participating countries
  • Create a common platform for SAARC Businesses to showcase their product and services
  • Promote people to people contact within SAARC region through prompting regional tourism

For more information, please email

Belt and Road Summit

Date: 11th September

Time: 8:15am - 6pm

Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cost: $300 USD

Sector:Transportation & logistics/ energy & resources/ urbanisation & rural development

Providing a definitive platform for eminent government and business leaders around the globe to exchange in-depth insights, the Belt and Road Summit will explore the tremendous potential of economies along the Belt and Road and enable you to capture prospects for collaboration, using Hong Kong as a platform to facilitate your interest in Belt and Road projects.

For more information, please visit

SIAL Group, World's Number 1 Food Exhibition Network

SIAL Exhibitions are helping UK companies develop their export sales by reaching targeted buyers from all sectors, specialist retailers and large multiples, foodservice and catering buyers, food manufacturers and importers.

Their business platforms inspire a total of 14,000 exhibitors and 330,000 professional visitors from 200 countries.

SIAL Interfood Jakarta , 22nd-25th November 2017

Date:22nd-25th November 2017

Time: 10am - 7pm daily

Location: Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Indonesia

Organiser: SIAL

Sector: Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Cost: TBC

A collaboration between two strong powers in the food and beverage industry: SIAL GROUP, the world’s largest food exhibition network with 50 years of experience, INTERFOOD, the leading food and beverage exhibition in Indonesia, running for 14 years.Don’t miss this exciting event. An exciting platform assisting food and beverage companies to breakthrough into the promising ASEAN market.

SIAL Abu Dhabi

Date:11th-13th November 2017

Time: 10am - 7pm daily

Location: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

Organiser: SIAL

Sector: Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Cost: TBC

Held in the world’s richest city, SIAL Middle East provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with key food and beverage buyers from throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and India.

SIAL Paris 21st 25th October 2018

Date:21st - 25th October 2018

Time: 10am - 7pm daily

Location: Paris Nord, Villepinte

Organiser: SIAL

Sector: Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Cost: TBC

Created in 1964 in Paris, over the years SIAL PARIS has become the world benchmark for players in the food, retail and hospitality sectors. It is a global showcase that brings the key producers and buyers together with a focus on the world’s major challenges. Acting as global business hub, it provides an excellent ROI with nearly 6 additional months’ turnover, top quality buyers and a unique real life “market test” opportunity.

For more information, please email

VASTRA - An International Textile and Apparel Fair 2017

Date: 21st to 24th September

Time: 10am - 6pm

Location: Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur, India

Cost:$250 per square metre

Sector:Textile/ apparel

Organisers:Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

VASTRA, an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel, presents a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fibre to fashion, services and technology. Crafted to create business opportunities, it aims at revitalizing existing business ties and forging of new business relations. It is the ideal platform to enter JVs, strategic alliances and partnerships worldwide, launch new products, as well as, harness new locations for setting up businesses in India. It is also a place for disseminating technology and interacting with R&D Labs and experts for solution in technology and latest trends.

VASTRA - 2017, the 6th edition of VASTRA, will establish its name to newer heights and create a unique space in the textile / apparel sector all across the globe. It would be a new paradigm in terms of relevance, quality and new product offerings in textiles and apparel while presenting enhanced business opportunities for all stakeholders.

For more information, please email

Sports Meets Business - Ljubljana

Date: 9th October 2017

Time: 8am-6pm

Location: Ljubljana

Sector: DIY, Homeware & Gardening Sector

Cost: £550/£600* - Early Bird Price until 31st August

Organisers: British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce


  • Sunday 8th October 2017: Arrival and football match Slovenia:Scotland

  • Monday 9th October 2017: Sports Meets Business Conference

8:00-9:00 Registration & networking

9:00-9:10 Welcome Speech

9:10-10:10 Panel: How to manage teams - what can business learn from sports?

10:10-11:10 Panel: Brexit - what are the next steps

11:10-11:30 - Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Market entry research for Slovenia

12:00-12:30 Slovenian distributor/retailer presentation

12:30 -13:00 Exporting to Slovenia

13:00 B2B meetings for UK companies

18:00 Visit of Beer museum and brewery; Dinner

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017 Departure

*Price includes 2 nights stay in Lev Hotel, transfer to and from the airport, tickets for football match, 3-5 B2B meetings with Slovenia Buyers

Please email for further information.

Expo Pakistan

Date: 9th-12th November 2017

Location: Expo Centre, Karachi, Pakistan


Sector:Manufacturing, Food, Pharmaceuticals

Organisers:Government of Pakistan & Consular General of Pakistan

"Expo" is the biggest trade event in Pakistan, showcasing the largest collection of Pakistan's export merchandise and services. It gives an opportunity to foreign buyers to access quality businesses and competitive prices in different range of products from Pakistan. In the last edition of Expo, a large number of local and foreign buyers participated and business deals worth US$1.2 billion were concluded.

A delegation of interested participants from the UK to attend the Expo in Pakistan is being formed, their office will also be facilitating businesses in planning the visit and setting up business meetings besides Expo related events.

The business delegates will be provided special hospitality packages depending upon the level of imports and size of the company. This may include complimentary flight tickets, hotel stay and local transportation.

To find out more information please email

FHC China 2017

Date: 14-16th November 2017

Time: 10am - 6pm

Location: Hall N1-N5,E6-E7, Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), No.2345, Longyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China

Cost: TBC

Sector: Food & Beverage

Organisers: China International Exhibitions


  • ProWine China 2017
  • Meat China 2017 - The 9th International Meat, Meat Products & Equipment Exhibition
  • Tea & Coffee China 2017 - The 11th International Tea, Coffee & Equipment Exhibition
  • FHC Hotel & Restaurant China 2017
  • Beer China 2017 - the 3rd International Beer Trade Exhibition for Premium Beers,Ciders and Craft Ales

For more information about this event please email

Engineering Industries Association 2017-2018 Overseas Programme

The EIA and MTA have received funding to support key export markets from 2017 - March 2018. Eligible UK SME companies could receive up to £2,500 for exhibiting, depending on the location of the show.

Please see the proposed EIA/MTA programme of events below.


  • EMO Hanover, 18-23 September 2017, Hanover Germany -
  • Meta Lex, International Machine Tools and Metalworking Technology, 22-25 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand -
  • Manufacturing Indonesia, Incorporating: Machine Tool Indonesia, Tools and Hardware Indonesia, Industrial Automation and Logistics Indonesia, 6-9 December 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia -


To get further information and learn how you can receive funding for one of the above exhibitions, please email


Technology Trade Mission to Thailand

Organisers: The Department for International Trade

Date: 18th to 22nd September 2017

The Department for International trade are organising a technology trade delegation to Thailand from 18th to 22nd September. The mission will suit those companies who provide solutions that could be utilised in a smart city environment. The current draft programme is:

Draft Programme

Sunday 17 September 2017 AM-PM UK trade delegation arrive Bangkok

Monday 18 September 2017 AM A Thailand tech brief by NIA at NIA’s office. NIA will invite stakeholders in central government to participate in the event and speak at the briefing session. PM Fly to Khon Kaen

Tuesday 19 September 2017 AM-mid-PM A seminar on UK experiences in Smart City development with case study on technology being used and smart city development plan by 7 provinces in the same region. KKTT will also arrange a match-making programme for UK companies to meet with all stakeholders and private companies. PM Networking dinner

Wednesday 20 September 2017 AM Option 1) Workshop with Thai stakeholders. KKTT would like to have a session where UK companies could provide constructive feedback on their smart city plan.

Option 2) Workshops to showcase UK IoT in different areas i.e. IoT for transport, farming, healthcare and etc depending on UK companies participating in the visit. PM Fly back to Bangkok

Thursday 21 Sept 2017 AM – PM participation in the Thailand Digital Transformation event organised by Ministry for Digital Economy & Society at IMPACT Muangthong Thani. DIT will organise a seminar to showcase UK experiences in smart city development and a panel discussion with Thai stakeholders. NIA and DEPA will help organise a match-making programme.

Friday 22 Sept 2017 AM Workshops to showcase UK technology solutions in areas matching the areas UK companies participating in the visit operate in. PM Debriefing End of programme

Mission participants will be responsible for payment of flights to / from Thailand and internal transfers between Bangkok and Kohn Kaen, hotel accommodation and food (unless otherwise stated) whilst in Thailand.

If you are interested in booking on this trade mission please email

UK Mega Technology Trade Mission to Malaysia

Organiser: The Department for International Trade

Date: 9th - 11th October 2017

A Northern Powerhouse delegation is being organised to join this mission, which will comprise the largest-ever delegation of UK technology companies to visit Malaysia. We anticipate up to 50 leading UK technology providers will participate. Key sectors (pillars) that will be focused on for this mission are:

  • Data Analytics
  • Connected IOT (Smart Technologies)
  • E-Commerce / Cloud
  • Cybersecurity / Information Security
  • Fintech
  • AR / VR / AI
  • Telecommunications
  • Software development

The three-day Mega mission programme will include:

  • Two-days of business matching sessions in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The formal VIP networking evening reception and DIT UK technology awards ceremony (Day One), attended by leading industry players and tech stakeholders in Malaysia.
  • A evening networking reception (Day two) hosted by Invest Selangor at the palace of Sultan Selangor. Approximate 250-300 Malaysian companies will also be invited to meet with UK companies participating on mission.
  • A visit to Johor, primarily focusing on Smart Cities opportunities and the Iskandar region – delegation will be hosted by Chief Minister of Johor.

Cut off dates for registration:

The dates below are the cut off dates for additional event marketing exposure we can offer UK companies participating on Mega Technology Trade Mission to Malaysia. The level and amount of additional company exposure prior to mission is dependent on the cut-off date you submit your application to participate. The earlier you register the more publicity we are able to generate for your company.

10th July: For inclusion in mission press launch being hosted by Malaysian Government, and attended by national Malaysia news media. 30th July: For inclusion in wider publicity utilising various bill boards and LCD screens around Malaysia. This may also include any of your promotional videos…subject to approval. 11th August: Inclusion in banners being placed at strategic locations both in Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia. 18th August: Inclusion in various under bridge suspended banners and large LCD screens in various locations around Kuala Lumpur. 25th August: Ability to have additional branding and images put on your mission stand . 1st September: Final cut off for UK company participation application. This is an early cut-off date due to the high level of visual graphics needed to be produced for both company stand and wider event and venue marketing material.

Once registered and then subsequently accepted on mission (usually within 5 days): all further correspondence will be undertaken by commercial officers based at the UK high commission in Malaysia.

There is no charge for participating on this mission, but there will be a charge for any additional graphics or alterations you may want on your stand. (you will be informed of these stand charges once you are accepted on mission). Companies are only required to pay for hotel and flights.

There will be travel support of £500 for eligible SMEs from the Northern Powerhouse regions (Yorkshire & Humberside, North East and North West). With a GDP of almost £350bn the Northern Powerhouse economy is larger than those of Taiwan, Sweden or Denmark - equivalent to being the 21st biggest economy in the world. Spanning the north of England, the Northern Powerhouse unites a host of the UK's biggest cities and pools a wealth of world-class expertise and business talent.

For further information on how to register for this trade mission please email


Doing Business in Slovenia

Date: 24th August Time 10am Sectors: DIY, Gardening, Homeware sectors. Organisers: Slovenia-British Chamber of Commerce

The webinar will cover: - general facts about Slovenian market - information on gardening and homeware sector in Slovenia - presentation of the current export Opportunities for homeware, DIY and gardening - presentation of the upcoming event SPORTS MEETS BUSINESS with focus on mentioned sectors

To register for the webinar please click here:

Open to Export 2017 Webinar Programme

Upcoming Courses:

  • Make the most of tradeshow season this autumn – August
  • Taking and making payments in international currencies – September
  • Sector focus series: more details to be announced – October
  • Ensure your insured: an introduction to trade credit insurance – November
  • From getting started to winning overseas: hear it from an export champion – December

Please sign up to these webinars here: