External Events

DIT Masterclass International e-commerce

Date: 21st September 2017

Location: Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

Are you an export-ready business looking to sell products to international customers via your website or another platform? If so, this workshop can help you to better understand and identify the sales channels and opportunities available to you.

Please note that our research clinics are only available to companies from the East Midlands region. Attendance is free of charge, and places go fast, so book your slot today to avoid disappointment.

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Digital Trade Advice Clinic

Date: 27th September 2017

Location: Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

In this digital age, cross border trade has never been easier, and your digital presence means you can now be a global operation via online channels. So whether you’re looking to grow your business internationally, or just starting out but want to have a global approach, there is nothing to stop you from exploiting these digital opportunities.

This 1-2-1 clinic will give you 1 hour of tailored advice based around your specific business, leaving you with a clear idea of how to expand into new markets. You will also learn about any potential barriers you may have to overcome, as well as the best strategies available for growing globally online.

This digital clinic is being run as part of the E-Exporting programme.

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Open for Business Event 2017

Date: 27th September 2017

Location: Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, NN12 8QH

South Northamptonshire Council’s ‘Open for Business’ Event at Whittlebury Hall is one of the premier business events of the year within the District.

Our main focus this year is:

  • To discover and address the business growth barriers you and your business face
  • How the council can assist you to grow your business

During a short introduction Cllr McCord will review progress made over the past year followed by a short speech from our Guest Speaker.

Businesses will have an opportunity to speak to officers from a range of service areas from within South Northamptonshire Council including: Business Rates, Planning, Business Support, Environmental Health and more.

Investigate the Funding programmes available to businesses within the District and see if your business is eligible.

Use one of the breakout areas to hold one-to-one meetings away from the networking and information areas.

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Rural Funding Information Event

Date: Thursday September 28 2017

Location: East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ

You are invited to East Northamptonshire Council to have a free one to one workshop with a funding expert. Refreshments will be provided and there will be chances for networking

What will you gain from the event?

You will be able to find out about European and other funding opportunities. You will be able to find out about business help and advice services, both locally and countywide You will be able to find out about the council’s plans and how you can be a part of Enterprising East Northants At the end of your session, you should have a draft stage one application to take away, enabling you to apply to either the LEADER Fund or the EAFRD Growth Programme

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Masterclass: Food Labelling Workshop

Date: 28th September 2017

Location: Yew Lodge Hotel, 33 Packington Hill, Kegworth, DE74 2DF

Are you in the food and drink sector? Do you need help to ensure that your products remain compliant overseas? Bringing together a lawyer from international law firm Hogan Lovells with Talking Heads, a local translation agency specialising in food labelling, our Food Labelling Workshop will provide you with the information you need to ensure the compliance and professionalism required for successful overseas trade.

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TRAKO 2017

Date: 26 – 29 September 2017
Location: Gdańsk

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.
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Anuga 2017

Date: 7 – 11 October 2017
Location: Cologne

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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Date: 3rd and 4th October 2017.

Location: The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

SME2017 is the biggest free to attend business event for SME’s, startups and scaleups! This exciting conference and exhibition will offer thousands of business owners and decision markers a one stop shop to come and get expert insights, seek out initiatives and learn about the innovations and services essential to help them skill up, drive growth and maximise potential.

SME2017 brings together 105 speakers and 1 50 exhibitors to present, discuss and debate critical topics around the core sectors of business.

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Innovation for Growth Workshop

Date: Wed 11 October 2017 09:30 – 16:00 BST

Location: The University of Northampton Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton, NN1 1SY

The workshop will be practical and interactive and led by experienced Innovation Advisers from the Enterprise Europe Network. Companies will concentrate solely on the growth of their business and on completion of the training, they will come away with:

  • A clearly defined value proposition, helping them find more customers easily
  • A robust business model
  • An iterative tool that can be reapplied to all future product development and innovation.

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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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Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2018

Date: 8th March 2018

Time: 6.30pm- 0.15am

Location: The Ballroom, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium MK

The Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards give your business that chance to gain the recognition that your business deserves. The event will be held a the Ballroom, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium MK.

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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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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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