Business Secretary Sajid Javid joins global trade line-up

Business Secretary Sajid Javid joins global trade line-up

The Federation of Small Businesses is bringing the Secretary of State for Business, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP to their headline event during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool.

FSB’s day of discussion and debate, ‘From Northern Powerhouse to Global Markets – Small Firms and the Global Trade Agenda’ will be held on June 20th at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. It will be hosted by BBC North West’s Political Editor Arif Ansari and brings together a list of international speakers.

At the event, FSB will reveal initial findings from a new report examining the challenges faced by small firms when exporting. Overcoming these challenges will lead to small businesses securing more customers, higher turnover and profitability. Getting more small firms exporting is also key to closing the UK’s trade gap, which in turn will boost the long-term health of the economy.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The future of our exports, the future success of the Northern Powerhouse and the future of our economy all lie in the hands of today’s small businesses. That’s why the Government is totally committed to helping more of Britain’s small businesses to start operating on the global stage.

“Our Exporting Is GREAT campaign is making it easier than ever for businesses of all shapes and sizes to identify and exploit export opportunities all around the world. This FSB event will bring government and business together to break down barriers and introduce more employers to the benefits of doing business internationally.”

FSB Chairman Mike Cherry said: “The Business Secretary attending our event shows the importance that Government attaches to FSB’s exports agenda, to get smaller firms export-ready. We hope today’s discussions will help highlight the barriers which hinder many small businesses’ ambitions to export and provide solutions to make that journey easier.”

In addition to hearing from the Business Secretary, the event line-up includes a group of international trade experts and FSB members: 
• Dirk Vantyghem, Director of Operations, Eurochambres 
• Fred Perry, Deputy Director, Volume Strategy, UK Trade and Investment
• Ho Cheol Kim, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Korea 
• David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School 
• Dita Charanzová, MEP, ALDE spokesperson on the EU Trade Strategy
• Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica 
• Frank McDonald, Professor of International Business, University of Liverpool School of Management
• David Caro, FSB Member and Managing Director, Qualplast (1991) Ltd 
• Simon Poyser, FSB Member and Director, VelocityRDT
• Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Small Business Minister