External Events

Fintech – What is it and how can your business take advantage to achieve greater growth?

Date: 28th June 2017, 5.30pm-7pm

Venue: The Open University

Fintech is rapidly transforming the way the world does financial business. Touching every part of the economy from international corporations to SMEs, it is also helping to create one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the digital economy. With the city of London emerging as the global powerhouse, attracting Fintech entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world, companies in the SEMLEP area need to step up to the plate and take advantage of technology that is changing the financial services industry.

Technology entrepreneur Fredi Nonyelu, who chairs Biztech technology forum said: “FinTech is already disrupting the financial world as we know it. It is an exciting time, not only for technology entrepreneurs to create new platforms and apps but for all companies that use financial services to look at the opportunities for growth.

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International Trade Forum

Date: 29th June 2017

Venue: Northamptonshire Chamber, 8 Waterside Way, Northampton, NN4 7XD

The focus of this, the fourth International Trade Forum, will be on Indonesia and Nur Rakhman Setyoko, the new Trade Attaché from the Indonesian Embassy in London, will be attending.

The Trade Attaché will be presenting to businesses that are planning to or are currently importing or exporting to Indonesia, with a particular focus on the following products; Footwear, Wood and Wood Products, Paper and Paper Products, Coffee, Tea and Spices, Pearls & Jewelleries, Leather Products, Aluminium, Food & Drinks, and Wickerwork.

Additionally, we also have a representative from the Department for International Trade (DIT) attending.  DIT’s role is: –

• developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe • developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with • providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment

Finally, a representative of Barclays will also be in attendance to provide an overview to businesses wishing to understand trade finance. To book your place at this FREE event please ring the Milton Keynes Chamber on 01908 547820.

BCS Bedford Branch – Computer Law (including Data Protection) After Brexit

Date – 4th July 2017

Venue – park Inn Hotel, Bedford

This talk examines the legislative outcome of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, with an emphasis on Computer Law.

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Customer Care Course

Date: Various

Location: Your office

Is customer care at the forefront of your business? Relate Bedfordshire and Luton are pleased to announce a new two day customer care course which will provide tailored strategies for your customer service staff. “Customer care is at the forefront of business transactions in all customer-facing sectors – and can build or break a brand’s reputation and credibility,” says local Relate CEO Angela Foll. “Our course is designed to prepare and equip customer service staff to respond to calls into their organisation that promote a consistent professional standard with a client-focused approach.”

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NY Now 2017

Info: One of the world’s leading tradeshows for contemporary design and sophistication for home, lifestyle, gift and handmade attracting around 25,000 visitors from across the 50 US states and other international markets.
Date: 19 – 22 August 2017
Market: United States
Location: New York
Sectors: Retail and Consumer Goods

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TRAKO 2017

Info: The TRAKO 12th International Railway Fair is the second largest rail show in Europe. The exhibition brings together all elements of the rail industry from passenger rail, light rail, freight as well as infrastructure with industry attendance and participation from across the board.
Date: 26 – 29 September 2017
Market: Poland
Location: Gdańsk
Sectors: Rail

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Anuga 2017

Info: The leading trade fair for food and beverages. With 160,000 visitors keen to discover the latest and most innovative products from more than 7000 exhibitors.
Date: 7 – 11 October 2017
Market: Germany
Location: Cologne
Sectors: Food and Drink

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China International Industry Fair (CIIF) 2017

Info: Industrial Products Industry exhibition. Metal cutting machine tools, metal forming machine tools, special machine tools, numerical control systems, digital readouts etc.
Date: 7 – 11 November 2017
Market: China
Location: Shanghai
Sectors: Multi-sector plus Industrial Products Industry

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Arab Health 2018

Info: The second largest healthcare exhibition in the world. General medical products, medical devices, health tourism, informatics, hospital management systems, etc.
Date: 29 January – 1 February 2018
Market: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai
Sectors: Healthcare, Medical and Pharmaceutical

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AutoExpo Components 2018

Info: A display of automotive components, technology and services. Organisers are Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India
Date: 8 – 11 February 2018
Market: India
Location: New Delhi
Sectors: Engineering Automotive Components, Technology and Services, Low Carbon

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