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Outstanding line-up for BHETA’s conference 

The one-day The Future for International Trade conference on March 12 (Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire) promises top-level presentations covering every aspect of exporting. Content includes mega trends in global retailing, finding new and developing export markets, and how to ease the path of exporting post-Brexit.  

Experts in all aspects of exporting will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions on international trading and how to benefit from increased sales internationally.

The event, which is organised by leading trade associations, BHETA Gardenex and PetQuip, and sponsored by Glee, is aimed at companies in the home enhancement, garden and leisure and pet product sectors.  Senior personnel from UK housewares brands including Charles Bentley, Dexam and Creative Tops will be among the attendees.

Above: A view of Ambiente 2019. The international trade show will be represented in the Ask the Expert zone.
Above: A view of Ambiente 2019. The international trade show will be represented in the Ask the Expert zone.

The event will include export case studies, insights into government developments, practical information on export procedures and compliance, and a worldwide economic forecast including predictions on potential currency fluctuations.

An expert on international business law will provide pointers on how best to prepare for trading globally, and delegates will gain an insight into how British businesses can harness digital channels to expand international sales. There will also be plentiful opportunities for companies to ask questions, network with industry colleagues and participate in ‘ask the expert’ meetings.

The speakers taking part are:

  • John Arnold, Northern Universal; UK Government Lobbying
  • Tim Hiscock, Strong & Herd – Export Procedures and Compliance
  • Lord Ivo Darnley, Rathbones – Worldwide Economic Forecast
  • Dechert Solicitors – Legalities of International Trade for Businesses
  • Stefano Botter, Euromonitor International – Retail Megatrends
  • Sarah Carroll – Drive International Growth via Digital Channels
  • Stephen Turner, Group 55
  • Brett Russell,Spear & Jackson
  • Joe Denham,VegTrug
  • Tony Grimshaw OBE, Whatmore UK Ltd


Among the international trade service providers taking part in the ‘Ask the Expert Zone’ are Velta Freight, The Translation People, Strong & Herd, Infinity Blue Marketplaces consumer trend consultancy, GovGrant, plus representatives from the Department for International Trade and international trade show, Ambiente.

BHETA executive director, Will Jones stated, “We have a varied and stimulating agenda comprising an array of top-level speakers and export experts which will help UK companies to develop and expand international sales in the future.”

To book contact BHETA on 0121 237 1130, email visit

Members of BHETA and Bira can secure a preferential delegate rate of £69 per person at the conference. The event is also open to non-members at £149 per person (both plus VAT).


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