Export Forum comes to Bath

12 Feb 2019

The South West welcomes the Export Forum Breakfasts in February and March as the perfect environment to prepare your local businesses for the EU Exit and ensure that they are in the best position to take advantage of future international sales opportunities.

Over the course of two weeks the breakfasts will be held in six locations including Bath on 26 February 2019; the events are specifically designed to help kick start South West business’ 2019 trade preparations.

Speakers Announced

The keynote speaker will be Matt Lumb, former CEO and DIrector of global brand Tangle Teezer; the world’s first and best-selling detangling hairbrush with more than 50 million brushes now sold around the world.

During Matt’s seven years at the helm at Tangle Teezer he transformed the brand from being a “Dragon’s Den reject” to one of the fastest growing companies in the UK and a household name. Matt talks openly about the challenges he and his team faced whilst trying to manage exponential growth overseas growth, UK manufacturing capacity, the importance of IP as well as copycat and counterfeit issues and the grey market. The Tangle Teezer story is a fascinating one as in six short years Matt helped sales grow from £1M to almost £30M per annum whilst retaining industry leading profit margins. Export sales soared from 2% to 82% in more than 70 countries during that period.

Allie Renison, the Institute of Directors’ Head of EU and Trade Policy, will lead a roundtable discussion about continuing to trade overseas through the EU exit. Allie represents the voice of business on EU policy matters both to Westminster and Whitehall and with European institutions, providing the link between business and Government on international trade.

Export for Growth's Head of Policy, Matt Griffith, will also be there on the day to lead a discussion and answer any questions you may have about exporting during the UK's exit from the EU.

Interactive Sessions

Following the keynote, there will be interactive roundtable sessions, hosted by a trade expert on the following topics:

  • Expanding your trade horizons: Looking to new markets
  • Trading through the EU exit
  • Preparing your business for export
  • Understanding the export support landscape

Event Details

Time: 08:30am - 12.00 noon
Date: Tuesday 26 February
Cost: Free
Booking: via Eventbrite link