IJL to partner with UKTI to boost brands globally

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UKTI Business Lounge at IJL to advise businesses on export expansion.

IJL has announced a key partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) for this year’s show in a bid to help more British businesses push their operations into the global marketplace.

UKTI will provide exhibitors with export advice as part of a larger Business Lounge initiative, where international trade advisors will be on hand to give UK companies free guidance on boosting their business in foreign markets.

This will range from how to gain access to information to developing a successful export strategy and overcoming any barriers to entry or expansion.

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One of the highlights of the partnership will be a Breakfast Briefing for exhibitors held on Monday September 1 2014.

This will take place within the Inspiration Theatre, where experts on exporting will be presenting an insight into the world of international trading. The UKTI Business Lounge, on stand R140, will be a hub of activity, with experts welcoming questions on exporting throughout the show – with a special champagne reception on the stand for UK exhibitors and international visitors on September 1 from 5-6pm.

Stephen McGowan, head of events, UK Trade & Investment, commented: "The UK Government and UK Trade & Investment are committed to supporting international growth; promoting British products to businesses around the world. The UK retail industry is a significant contributor to the UK economy, employing more than three million people and generating £300bn for the economy.

“We know that our designers and creators of products are increasingly sought by international buyers for their creativity and originality and above all the ‘world class ‘quality and craftsmanship. Furthermore we know that UK luxury brands are not only highly sought after internationally, they are a valuable asset to the UK.”

“UKTI actively supports those events that showcase great British products and so we are delighted to be working in partnership with Reed Exhibitions at International Jewellery London."

IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, added: "One of the pivotal roles of IJL is to provide a productive commercial platform for the industry from which to do business, both within the UK and internationally. As part of this, we are delighted to have the UKTI on board this year and believe that they will make a valuable contribution to helping our UK exhibitors expand their business overseas."

IJL 2014 will run from 31 August to 2 September 2014 at Olympia Grand, London.

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