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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

Maria Dolores Parra


The presentation will verse on the competitive advantages of The Valencian Region showing the opportunities that offer to the potential investors and offer a short description of the available public business parks in the region.


11.45 - 12.15

Roger Jones

Top tips and digital tools for online export success

Roger Jones' seminar will reveal top tips and expert digital tools to turn your online export success ambition into reality.


12.30 - 13.00

Lesley Batchelor OBE

Drastic rise from 90m cargoes a year to 300m on leaving EU

Is your business ready for this huge hike in paperwork and responsibility? Understanding your part in the supply chain and how the your errors can have a chain reaction on your clients and their clients. With this extra volume of transactions and a 94% success rate according to HMRC what does that 4% represent in terms of value or detriment to your business? Lesley will work her way through some of the major issues including the need to be engaged with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.


13.15 - 13.45

Dr Michael Gasiorek

Brexit: Which Industries Might See An Impact If We Fall Off The Cliff Edge

What might be the impact if the UK falls off the “cliff edge” and does not manage to sign a trade deal with the EU?


14.00 - 14.30

Morita Kelliher

Going for Growth in a Global Economy

What does being part of the EU mean for your business? Ireland is a small open economy which promotes foreign direct investment and incentivises exports to grow its International market. Developing a financial roadmap for your business may involve globalisation and expanding abroad. Being part of the world trading markets means more customers and higher profit potential. Lets learn about the challenges and rewards from focusing on Growth.


14.45 - 15.15

Geoffrey de Mowbray

British Exporting – The Opportunities and Challenges

The Government is urging businesses to make ‘2017 the year of exporting’ and to seek new markets and seize the demand for British goods and services. In this seminar Geoffrey de Mowbray will discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities for British exporters.


15.30 - 16.00

Geoff Charlesworth

Cracking the code of exporting to Southeast Asia

The UK is well placed to play a key role in what is being dubbed the ‘Asian Century’ with a strong trading relationship with ASEAN. However, more UK companies now need to position themselves to take advantage of the predicted increase in the level of opportunities in ASEAN over the coming decades. ASEAN has recently reached a highly anticipated milestone – economic integration through the creation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). This has created a young and dynamic consumer market with over 622 million consumers, a burgeoning middle class with rising incomes and total consumer expenditure of US$1.5 trillion. Join us for an introduction into ASEAN’s vast opportunities and discover how your business can capitalise on the booming economic growth in the region.


16.10 - 17.00

South Eastern Europe Panel Session

Increasing trade and investment opportunities across South-Eastern Europe

With growth rates of close to 4 per cent, some South Eastern Europe countries are the fastest growing economies in Europe and are becoming an interesting alternative to other emerging Europe destinations such as Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary. What trade and investment opportunities do these countries offer? Have they improved their business climate? Is the political and economic situation attracting investors? Which sectors are most promising? Join the Emerging Europe panel discussion to find out.