SIITACE Summit: Context and impact of current affairs on SMEs trying to trade internationally


6th December 2022
The National Football Museum, Manchester
Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd Street, Manchester, M4 3BG


Come and join us at the NFM in Manchester to think about how we need to adapt and engage in international trading.

Could there be a better time to talk to experts about trading internationally and what a weak pound really means? 

A weak pound equals export opportunities while making our imports more expensive.

This provides a short-term prospect for businesses to take advantage of this situation. But unless you have a plan and understand how to mitigate and control potential risks it might be a few quick sales not the long-term sustainable new market you hope for. SMEs come in all shapes and sizes, so we will talk about real solutions and listen to your issues.  

The day is informal but very informative our last summit in June produced a valuable white paper you can read it here – so why not come along and be part of the solution? 

There are easy transport links and the National Football Museum offers some fascinating insight into this unique history of the UK. 

Here’s the day programme  

10:00 Keynote address: Discussing the real issues facing international trade – led by Lesley Batchelor OBE using results from UK based MakeUK and HSBC Global Survey – what really is happening?

10:45 Coffee

11:15 Arne Mielken: The new Customs Documentation System (CDS) what is happening and are there any workarounds?

11:45 Jenna Meek CEO of REFY Beauty, Manchester-based company that has succeeded internationally will chat about her experiences and tips! 

12:15 World First: Changing face of FX payments and how to manage to remain competitive 

13:00 Lunch 

13:45 Open Space Workshop: a brilliant way of walking, talking and thinking. 4 Open Space places to talk about the impacts on international trade for SMEs of the following: 

  • World First to take a workstream on FX mitigation?
  • ESG focus on what governance means in terms of compliance
  • Trade Resilience – what shape can this take for SMEs?
  • What do you need from a Single-Window interface?

14:45 Tea  

15:00 Ecommerce and ANT Marketplaces: De-risking international trade by seeking new markets

15:30 Summation and final questions 

16:00 close

Book a ticket

SIITACE is proud to represent the independent international trade and customs experts and to bring them together into one space for you to learn and share your concerns, issues, and future plans. 

We are committed to being part of the solution as we hope you are too? We have a limited number of free-of-charge spaces but these will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Talk to one of your SIITACE members or request a ticket using the form below.