International Trade Events

Contact details
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


GMCC - Manchester meets Hamburg

Date: 2nd June 2017

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

  • 8:00 am- Registration
  • 8:30 am- Welcome by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • 8:40 am- Guest Speaker: Hans Christoph Lampert – Hamburg Ambassador London/UK
  • 8:50 am- World meets business at the waterfront, HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, Stefan Matz, Director International Business
  • 9.10 am- Making commercial contracts Brexit proof, DAC Beachcroft LLP, Harald Loeffler, Partner / Head of German Desk
  • 9:30 am- Case Study – Hamburg as a successful worldwide platform for UK businesses, Aactio GmbH, Moneeb M. Siddiqui, Managing Partner
  • 9:50 am- HOW TO expand and succeed in the European market via Hamburg – the InterGest method, InterGest Worldwide GmbH, Nils Blunck, CEO / Hamburg Ambassador
  • 10:15am- Close

For more information and to register your interest, please visit

Tencent visits Manchester

WeChat is a Chinese ‘Super App’ owned by Tencent and has over 649.5 million users. As an app it operates a number of different functions including messaging, online payment, online shopping and advertising. On the 6th of June Manchester China Forum will be hosting a WeChat Opportunities overview session with the European Director of Tencent, Andrea Ghizzoni.

During this session Andrea will discuss the following:

  • Overview of the power of the internet in China and the role WeChat plays
  • Details discussion on how UK brands can leverage WeChat to better serve and reach the Chinese consumer in China and abroad
  • Foreign Brand WeChat success stories

Date: 6th June 2017

Location: City Football HQ, North Gate, Etihad Campus, 400 Ashton New Road, Manchester

Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Please email for more information, please note attendance is limited.

GMCC - International Trade Forum

Date: Thursday 29th June 2017 Time: 8am-10:30am

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

Price: Free (Members) | £30 + VAT (Non-Members)

Come along and network with like-minded businesses to share best practice and discuss all things International Trade.

For more information and to register your interest, please visit


Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: Thursday 21st September

Location: London

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.

Please follow this link for more information


Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017

Date: 30th May -1st June 2017 Location: Cinnamon Grand Colombo - Sri Lanka

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce presents an opportunity to be introduced to the emerging preferred destination for investments in Asia, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 offers the perfect blend of opportunities aimed at enriching institutional, corporate and individual investors and business houses with a comprehensive set of guidelines for their investment decisions, and act as a networking opportunity for introductions to potential business partners with a view of establishing partnerships in Sri Lanka.

Please email for more info.

FIEX Cuba International Investment Forum

Date: 20th to 22nd June 2017

Location: Havana

The main objectives of the Cuba International Investment Forum is to:

  • Connect: Key international companies who wish to operate in Cuba with the Ministries of Trade and Investment, Tourism, Construction and Industry
  • Boost: Cuba's economic development and to make a substantial contribution towards the exchange of technology expertise and technical know-how between foreign and local companies
  • Attract: Foreign investment in a number of tourism projects including new hotel developments and coastal management projects
  • Promote: Cuban exports across different business groups
  • Understand: How the Cuban business environment works and the future investment opportunities that will become available in the country.

Please visit for more information.

Textile Trade Show in Europe

Date: 26th-29th June 2017

Location: Portugal

Price: TBC (some expenses may be covered)

Organiser: HOME

A Textile Association in Portugal are inviting potential UK importers to come to this tradeshow that will take place in June, and potentially paying for the trip and accommodation for the UK businesses.

Please find below a summary on the initiative:

  • Sector: Textile
  • Sub-sector: Household textiles products - bed linen, bath linen, kitchen and table linen, terry towels, upholstery and curtains
  • Objective- To attract and invite UK importers to attend the tradeshow

Visitors will be able to have B2B contacts with the companies, will enjoy the medieval surroundings of this historical city. Being so close to the factories, visitors may be able to see how they are set up and see, first hand, the excellent quality of their work.

For more information, please email

Trade-show Access Programme(TAP) Supported Exhibitions

From 1st April to 30th September

Please follow this link to see the details of TAP supported exhibitions for 1 April – 30 September 2017

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

SAARC Investment Forum

Date: 6th September 2017

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka

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 Location: 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

SAARC Trade Fair

Date: 7th to 9th September 2017

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka


  • 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

Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

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 Interfood Jakarta , 22nd-25th November 2017
  • SIAL Abu Dhabi 11th -13th December 2017
  • SIAL Paris 21st 25th October 2018

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.

For more information, please email


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