International Trade Month of June. Review.

During the month of June, we were hosting a range of events catering for both seasoned exporters looking for new markets, as well as businesses wanting to explore the potential of selling overseas.


6th June 2019: BCC International Trade summit.

The British Chambers of Commerce held their annual International Trade summit in Birmingham where Nick Patrick, Melanie Rippon, Nikki Lomas and Mark Rowbotham represented the Sheffield International Trade centre and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Nick Patrick was asked to give a presentation concerning Customs Compliance and the importance of Trusted Trader status AEO.  He was also involved in the Global Business Network Panel Chaired by Anne Marie Martin, Director of the Global Business Network British Chamber of Commerce.

7th June:  Establishing Business in the USA.

The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Department for International Trade (DIT) and Avitus Group was  held the event at the AMRC for companies in the Yorkshire & Humber region looking to relocate, expand or establish business in the USA.  The event was jointly organised by Will Morgan of SCCI who gave the welcome speech and was attended by Yulia Briscoe of SITC.

12th June: International Trade Conference

Sheffield Chamber in conjunction with the Sheffield International Trade Centre held the second International Trade Conference at Glide House in Sheffield.

It was attended by approximately 72 businesses from a wide range of sectors.  A delegation of 14 Nigerian Business people also attended, led by Bunmi Afolabi, Director General of the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce, A member of the Global Business Network.


 12th June: Global Business Network: Nigeria

Following the International Trade Conference we held a ‘Focus on Nigerian’ event and was treated to some very interesting and eye opening presentation by the President of the NBCC.  Mr Kayode Falowo.

18th June: International Business Forum

We welcomed Kirsty Long from the Dept for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who was explaining  the latest developments within the government circles concerning Brexit

planning.  Dr Tom Buckley gave a very interesting presentation about the trade figure for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, Nick Patrick spoke about the challenges of Authorised Economic Operator Registration.  The IBF meeting was run by the new Chairman of the International Business Forum. Mt Andrew Hulse of UHY Hacker Young, Sponsors of the Sheffield International Trade Centre.

18th June: Global Business Network: Mexico

Following the IBF Meeting, Laura Atkinson from the British Mexico Chamber of Commerce held a number of 1:1 meetings with companies who are interested to start their business development planning by entering the Mexican market or increase their market shares there.  Laura has been to Sheffield several times and has been a close partner of the Sheffield International Trade centre for a number of years.

27th June: Doing Business with Russia

And again our 3rd in the month International visitors from the Global Business network joined us for the event “Doing Business with Russia”. Alf Torrents, Executive Director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Sergei Averin, UK representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and Alexander Smotrov from Global Counsel all gave very interesting and inciteful presentations covering opportunities, risk and the effect of sanctions concerning doing business with Russia.

The discussion was an eye opener with clearly fantastic opportunities for SCR businesses there.  For more information please contact SITC’s own Russian Specialist Yulia on

27th June: All Things China

The last event of the month on the 27th June was to attend, as one of the executive partners, the All things China event held by Mr Jerry Cheung, MD of the New Era Developments (UK).  The First and Second secretary’s Xi An and CUI Xiangxin travelled up from the Chinese Embassy in London for this very successful event to  explain the very unique part the China UK Business Incubators (CUBI) will play in the future development of China UK business development and relations.  Among the speakers was Richard Wright of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.