Theatre 15

Below is the Foreign Direct Investment Expo May 2017 timetable. November 2017 timetable will be updated closer to the event...

Wednesday 17th May

Thursday 18th May


11.00 - 11.30

Paul Plewman

Managing Currency Risk Through Brexit - How to Bring Certainty to Your Budget

After the shock of last June’s Brexit vote to leave the EU, the reality of a post-Brexit Britain is starting to emerge. Currency markets have seen extreme volatility in the past 12 months and economic uncertainty is expected to continue as the formal divorce proceedings begin. The question raised by many SMEs is; when you are swimming in unchartered waters do you pack a life ring or build a raft?


11.45 - 12.15

Nancy Martinez Fasoro

Identifying Business and Investment Opportunities

This seminar will help the audience to have a clear view of the political and economic momentum of Nigeria. We will go deeper into the products and services in high demand, classified by sectors and also those products and services that the market needs, in this new economic scenario. We will also give insights of the main sectors for investing in Nigeria and basic things to consider when investing.


12.30 - 13.00

Adam Hosier

Saudi Success

With 80% of the Gulf Arab population, Saudi is the elephant in the room for any Middle East discussion. This seminar looks at both Saudi business winning and cost effective delivery in this opaque yet lucrative market. We will also briefly explore the Kingdom’s latest “big politics”. AEI Saudi are DIT sponsored and help over 100 companies a year succeed in Saudi.


13.15 - 13.45

Lamees Thabet

Doing business in Qatar

Qatar's substantial infrastructural development and investment portfolio offers firms looking to expand to the MENA region enormous opportunities. With the establishment of the QFC, an onshore business and financial centre, professional and business services firms benefit from an independent legal, regulatory, tax and business environment, which allows 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of profits and no restrictions on the currency used for trading.


14.00 - 14.30

Andy Attwood

Choosing your freight forwarding company – Independent v Multinational

Looking at the differences between the different types and sizes of freight forwarding companies.


14.45 - 15.15

Mark Neal

Generating export sales leads – The key to profitable exporting

There are lots of ways to try to get into exporting, some of them work for large companies but many do not work for smaller SME’s such as using agents or setting up a new office in the target country ExportWorldWide has a proven cloud based platform and roadmap for cost effective export growth, generating leads in 20 languages covering 84% of world trade. Listen to how we grew Export sales from £60,000 to over £2,000,000 in 5 years and the internet tools, modern telephony and sales techniques we used to achieve this.


15.30 - 16.00

Patrick Maupard

How to tackle the main challenges of entering the French market

This seminar examines certain challenges associated with entering the French market and ways to combat them in order to truly profit from what France has to offer. Throughout the seminar Patrick Maupard, CEO of Maupard Fiduciaire, will provide niche and useful insights and analysis with regard to setting up or expanding your business in France. As a significant player in the Eurozone and a major hub for the rest of Europe, his insights into SME entry into France could be the next step for many SMEs looking to expand overseas.


16.15 - 17.15

Robert Capurro & Ricardo Carioni

Why Latin America matters

Keys reasons and facts why Latin America is too important a market to ignore.