Speakers announced for European Business Development seminars


Deyton Bell the business development specialists today announce the speakers for the series of specialist seminars on European Business Development which they are organising on behalf of The Belgian Embassy.

The specialist European Business Development seminars, which are open to all businesses across the region, will take place on three consecutive days, in different locations between 8.00am – 10.30am on:

·          Tuesday 20th October:                       
National Skills Academy, Norwich
·          Wednesday 21st October:                  
Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, Cambridgeshire
·          Thursday 22nd October:                     
The Atrium at Stansted Airport, Essex
Deyton Bell are delighted to announce that opening the Stansted event will be the new Managing Director of BAA Stansted David Johnston, demonstrating the importance of this exciting initiative to our region, he comments “London Stansted airport and the East of England, which we serve, are great places to do business. We are the biggest single-site employer in the region, with more than 12,000 staff working in over 180 on-airport companies, and we contribute over £400 million a year in wages to the local and regional economies.
"The opportunity to host this event is something that we feel is important. Business and industry should come along and hear from our Belgian colleagues what new business opportunities will be presenting themselves in the future. I would encourage anyone who wants to do more business to join us.”
Other speakers include Nick Farrow, Chairman of IoD Norfolk who will be opening the Norfolk event and Chris Parkhouse, Managing Dirctor of Deyton Bell, as well as Chairman of Business Link and IoD Eastern Region, both men run successful businesses and have significant international experience.
Also speaking will be senior trade advisors from UKTI – Chris Kubicki, Bradley Rowley and John Tingle. Henk Verstraete, Partner for Liedekerke, Belgium’s leading law firm completes the panel of experts. The events are being endorsed and supported by UKT&I, East of England International, Regional Chambers of Commerce, Regional Branches of the Institute of Directors, The Global Trade Network and Business Link East.
The Keynote speaker for all three seminars will be Ben De Smit, Economic and Commercial Councellor at The Belgian Embassy, he comments: “We are delighted to have the support of so many influential business groups for our seminars, highlighting the importance of these initiatives to the business community in the Eastern region. Belgium boasts a uniquely central location at the crossroads of European Trade and in this current economic climate there is a need for organisations to look for new businesses opportunities beyond UK shores and we will be demonstrating how Belgium can help them do this.”
Chris Parkhouse, Managing Director of Deyton Bell adds “I am delighted that so many key business groups are supporting this important initiative, which offers valuable information and key contacts to firms across the region who want to expand into the lucrative European market.”
Chris Kubicki, Senior trade advisor for UKTI remarks: “Over recent years the focus of International Trade promotion has centred on developing markets notably China, India and Brazil. Our Trading Partners, particularly those in Northern Europe, have barely been mentioned yet they remain among the strongest, far exceeding returns from the “new” markets. Benelux and other European markets have proved to be less volatile and continue to provide solid demand in difficult trading periods and now is the right time to revisit these important markets.”
For further information or to book on to one of the seminars, please contact Jessica Heavey, Client Development Manager at Deyton Bell on 01223 873033 or via email: jessica@deytonbell.com. Alternatively visit  www.deytonbell.com/events.php for a list of the full speakers programme.
Speakers Programme
1.   Welcome and Introduction
Nick Farrow, Chairman IoD Norfolk – The National Skills Academy, Norwich
Chris Parkhouse, Managing Director of Deyton Bell – Wyboston Lakes, Conference Centre
David Johnston, Managing Director, BAA Stansted – Stansted Airport
2.   Key Note Speaker - Trade and Export Opportunities on The Continent.
Ben de Smit, Economic and Commercial Counsellor for Belgium - focusing on how businesses can profit from tackling the European market and what opportunities Belgium has to offer.
3.   Doing Business in Belgium - What You Need To Know
Jan Vreys, Senior Attorny and Philip Daenen, Associate for Liedekerke - Belgium’s leading law firm - covering legal/tax issues and practicalities of how to set up/expand a business on the continent.
4. UK T&I - Support for UK Export Business to Belgium and the Surrounding Region
 - elaborating on what support is on offer for businesses wanting to expand to Europe and providing examples of how they have helped other UK organisations develop business in the Bennelux region.
Bradley Rowley, International Trade Advisor for UKT&I/EEI – The National Skills Academy, Norwich
Chris Kubicki, Senior International Trade Advisor for UKTI/EEI – Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre
John Tingle, Senior International Trade Advisor for UKTI /EEI – Stansted Airport

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