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Speakers confirmed for M-ITEC 2013

Prominent speakers and partners have been confirmed for this year’s Midlands International Trade Expo and Conference – M-ITEC.

And one-to-one experts from Asia and South America have been lined up to counsel would be exporters.

Dr Nik KotechaSpeakers at the conference include TV journalist Mark Gough, Alastair Cunningham from the Bank of England, Guy Fraser of Columbus Consulting, Dr Nik Kotecha of Morningside Pharmaceuticals and Melissa Burton of Goody Good Stuff.

Each has particular expertise when it comes to working overseas.

There will also be a videocast from entrepreneur Steve Perez, Global Brands founder and international rally ace.Steve Perez

One-to-one counselling expertise is available from people who either work in target market regions or have extensive experience of working in those regions.

They include Kevin McCole - Chief Operating Officer UK India Business Council, Gareth Moore - British Consulate General at Recife in Brazil and Siva Somasundrum -Senior Trade Manager at the British High Commission in Malaysia.

Although the emphasis of M-ITEC 2013 is on Asia and South America, Russia, the fourth of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries is not being ignored.

Trevor Barton - Executive Director at the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, will be among the one-to-one experts.

Other speakers are still being confirmed.

In all, there will be about 25 experts on hand to give one-to-one counselling and subjects covered will include documentation, dealing with HM Customs and advising on local customs in the target countries.

Partners for the event have been confirmed as UKTI, Enterprise Europe Network, DHL and Pride Park Stadium, Derby – the venue for this year’s event.

There will also be workshops running on the day, designed to help people break into lucrative overseas markets.

And running alongside the other events there will be an expo of organisations already successfully exporting or importing or which have expertise visitors can draw on.

The event, the fourth year running Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce will stage it, will take place on November 15.

Laura Howard, Head of International Trade for DNCC, said: “It doesn’t matter where you want to export to, it pays to learn the pitfalls before you start and who better to advise you than those who either live and work in an area or who have already overcome the problems?

“We’re very excited about this year’s M-ITEC and know it is going to be the biggest and best yet.”

For full details of M-ITEC 2013 and to book a place at the conference, exhibition space, one-to-one counselling or to take part in the planned workshops, visit www.m-itec.co.uk .

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