Only US better on services exports

3 July 2014

The UK has been confirmed as the second largest services exporter in the world behind only the USA and is expected to regain its pre-eminent position in the global rankings over the next five years.

New markets demand new language skills

2 July 2014

Whether it is interviews with fans during the World Cup or with people fleeing fighting in the Middle East, reporters rarely seem to have to look far to find someone reasonably fluent in English.

Sharing and publishing export data

1 July 2014

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a public consultation on proposals for export data sharing and publication in order to deliver wider public benefits.

Mission to Khartoum

30 June 2014

Following a visit earlier this year, which was warmly received across the board, the Middle East Association (MEA) will be leading a Trade Mission to Khartoum in Sudan in late October.

EU to maintain competition exemption for cargo ships

27 June 2014

So-called liner shipping consortia have, since 1995, benefitted from a Block Exemption Regulation (BER), which means that they are partially exempt from the EU Treaty's ban on restrictive business practices.

It's China and Hong Kong week

26 June 2014

The International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB), running for seven weeks in Liverpool this summer, is featuring a number of special weeks devoted to particular markets and 30 June to 4 July is China and Hong Kong week.

Dangerous shipments stopped at port

25 June 2014

There are rules concerning the types of waste that can be exported, but repeat offender Joe Benson clearly thought that they did not apply to him. He now has a possible 16 months in prison to think again.

IFB puts the focus on ASEAN

24 June 2014

The International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 is the largest global concentration of business events during 2014. Running for seven weeks in June and July it will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries to Liverpool from around the world.

China ready to put beef and lamb back on the menu

23 June 2014

British meat could be heading to China in a new deal that could be worth up to £120 million to the UK economy each year following agreement between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Chinese authorities.

Trading with China set to get cheaper

20 June 2014

Visits from foreign dignitaries used to involve an exchange of gifts where our Prime Minister would offer something like a copy of Magna Carta printed on vellum in exchange for a silver model of the other country's state bird.