The Department for International Trade (DIT) is set to debut its new ‘Women in Global E-commerce’ conference tomorrow, less than a week before International Women’s Day.

The free conference will be held in collaboration with Business West in a bid to help online businesses boost their international sales.

The event reportedly received over 100 registrations within two days of its launch.


It will include presentations from speakers and trainers who will share their advice on common trade barriers, as well as their top tips for international business success.

Companies will also learn how women in e-commerce are finding success in the COVID-19 era despite new challenges.

Session topics include: how UK brands can leverage marketplaces for international growth; finding traffic that buys – how to grow your business overseas; navigating third-party logistics and scaling your brand; and exporting to Europe – UK e-commerce VAT changes for 2021.

Retaissance’s Cathie Osborne, who is speaking at the event, commented: “The new consumer behaviours cover all areas of life – from how we work, to how we shop, to how we meet, travel, and entertain ourselves.

“Digital provides independent brands and retailers with a silver lining in 2021.

“The dramatic increase in online consumption presents opportunity for B2B and B2C organisations to stand out and be ground-breaking and influential, while giving companies an opportunity to adapt, drive and grow international business.”

Meanwhile, Emma Jones, international trade advisor for e-commerce and retail specialist for DIT in the South West, said:

“As businesses are having to find more innovative ways to succeed online during the coronavirus pandemic, this event offers firms the perfect opportunity to learn from successful e-commerce businesses and develop the skills required to grow their export sales.

“I would encourage companies who are looking to internationalise their e-commerce business to register to gain exclusive and detailed insight from experts in the field.”