Events > Going for Global Growth 2021
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26th January 2021 | Online | 14:00 - 15:30

Are you wondering how you will trade globally post-transition? 

The Export Academy from the Department for International Trade, in collaboration with the West Midlands Growth Hubs, invites you to join this exciting event on export and international trade in 2021!


About the event

Now we've passed the 1st Janurary, you might be wondering how the UK will continue to trade with the rest of the world following the deal. If you’re new to exports or if you were thinking of exporting, the new rules might feel very daunting to you. Trading internationally can be a straightforward process and with the right knowledge and support you can still continue to grow your business globally post transition. 


To kick off the new year, we’ll be hosting a webinar to answer all of your transition questions surrounding paperwork, travel and overcoming logistical issues. We’ll start the event with a round up of the new rules and what this means for your business. You’ll be invited to submit your questions prior to the event, which will put out to our panel of trade experts to help you gain insights on how the new rules may affect your business. We’ll also be joined by a guest speaker to share with you their journey and offer some tips to overcoming barriers and challenges you may face along the way.


To take part, click below to register for the programme and hear more about our upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you there! 


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To find out details about each session, select more information

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Daisy McAndrew, Event Host and Facilitator
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Exporting in 2021 - What's Changed?
David Hooper, Company Director, Hooper & Co
Ellen Main-Jeffrey, Vat Specialist, Just VAT
Matthew Davies, Head of Business Immigration, Wright Hassall


We'll be joined by 3 of our trade experts to cover the basics of the new rules and what they mean for your business.

  • The UK-EU Trade Agreement
  • New Documentation, Customs Processes and Fulfilment
  • Non-EU Free Trade Agreements
  • VAT in International Trade in 2021
  • New Rules Concerning Import VAT
  • The End of the Free Movement of People
  • Business Travel: In 2021 and Beyond
2:50 pm - 3:05 pm
Your Questions, Answered
Daisy McAndrew, Event Host and Facilitator
Matthew Davies, Head of Business Immigration, Wright Hassall
Ellen Main-Jeffrey, Vat Specialist, Just VAT
David Hooper, Company Director, Hooper & Co


Our trade experts will join the panel to answer your post-transition questions

3:05 pm - 3:15 pm
Going for Global Growth - Support We Offer
James Ahearne, Export Academy Team Leader, Department for International Trade
Phil Peak, Operations Director, CWLEP Growth Hub & CWLEP Growth Hub Business Solutions


We'll give you a brief overview of our Export Academy programme and how joining can help your business go for global growth this year. You will also hear from the West Midlands Growth Hubs about new support to help businesses with EU Exit

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
An Exporters Tale
James Gold, Co-Founder, Skinnydip London


Hear the story of our guest speaker on how they overcame barriers to exporting and how they have been preparing for the EU-exit


Phil Peak
Operations Director
CWLEP Growth Hub & CWLEP Growth Hub Business Solutions

Phil spent more than 20 years in senior IT and sales and marketing roles working on projects for manufacturing giants such as Rolls Royce, Rover Group, Jaguar, British Shipbuilders, GEC and GKN.

In 2000, he moved into business ownership, taking three of his own businesses through the complete business lifecycle, from start-up, through growth and acquisition, to exit.

Now an accredited business adviser and mentor, Phil has a great deal of real-world business experience to offer SMEs.

Daisy McAndrew
Event Host and Facilitator
Former Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent for ITV News, Daisy McAndrew will be bringing her knowledge and expertise to host and facilitate this event.
Ellen Main-Jeffrey
Vat Specialist
Just VAT
Ellen’s background in VAT started with HM Customs and Excise (prior to its merger with the Inland Revenue) where she was a senior officer in VAT. Since then she has held senior positions in VAT within the major international accountancy firms of KPMG, PWC and EY, working in London, Birmingham and Warsaw. Ellen is Chartered Tax Adviser and she is a member of the VAT Practitioners Group, where she is secretary for the St Paul’s Chapter in the city of London.
David Hooper
Company Director
Hooper & Co
David Hooper MBA, has worked in International Trade and Economic Development for 20 years including 5 years working for HMRC. He is now Director of Independent Freight Solution Ltd based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who are a freight forwarder that also provide specialist advice, consultancy and training regarding customs and compliance related issues. David has an extensive knowledge of World Wide Customs Compliance and in 2016 Independent Freight became an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) for Customs and Security. Over the last few years David has been asked to give talks and presentations to business on customs compliance rules and regulations and guidance on how Brexit could affect business exporting and importing in the future. David has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction from Aston University in 2004 and a degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from the Open University. David also sits on the Coventry Chamber of Commerce Brexit Committee.
James Gold
Skinnydip London
James Gold is a successful entrepreneur and businessman who has taken the fashion world by storm with his brand Skinnydip. James co-founded Skinnydip in 2011 with his brother and best friend, with the dream of building a fashion, lifestyle and accessory brand. They turned the standard phonecase into a must-have accessory, and has since expanded their product offering. Operating in over 250 retail locations in over 30 countries, including the American and Asian markets, they have doubled in size year-on-year. Using their skills and expertise, they have organically grown their business to a team of over 300 people, and have a loyal social media following of over 500,000, transforming Skinnydip into an internationally recognised brand with a cult-like following. James has invested a lot of time into preparing for the UK's departure from the European Union and will be sharing his story at the event.
Matthew Davies
Head of Business Immigration
Wright Hassall
Matthew is an expert in business immigration law, advising employers, business people and investors on how best to navigate the complexities of the UK’s immigration rules and minimising delays, costs and risks in hiring talent from overseas. He also represents private individuals and business people in relation to UK immigration and nationality matters. Matthew trained at Addleshaw Goddard in the City of London, staying with its employment department on qualification in 1997. He gained experience in business immigration from the outset. He subsequently joined Magrath LLP to further his specialist experience within its substantial immigration team. In 2007 Matthew was appointed partner and head of business immigration at city of London firm Fox Williams, moving to lead the immigration team at Wright Hassall as a partner in May 2016.
James Ahearne
Export Academy Team Leader
Department for International Trade

James has over 11 years of experience working in international trade in a variety of roles for DIT and the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. James has worked with companies of all sizes and sectors to help them develop new export markets and tackle the day-to-day practical issues that businesses encounter when trading internationally. He has led trade missions to overseas markets including Kuwait, the UAE and various EU countries. In the last few years he has been closely involved in a number of projects to help businesses to prepare for the UK departure from the European Union and has developed a wealth of knowledge on topics such as customs compliance, free trade agreements, tariffs and other practical issues.

In his current role James focuses on supporting new and inexperienced exporters through the DIT Export Academy

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This event is run in conjunction with the Export Academy and by registering you will automatically be registered for our national webinar series. If you do not want to be added to the series, please opt out during the registration process. To find out more about the Export Academy click here to be taken to the event page

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