International Trade Events

Contact details
For more information please contact Amy Cawley on 0161 393 4368 or email

An overview of webinars and events happening in the North West, UK and internationally, organised in collaboration with the Chamber and its partners to help you trade internationally.

  • 1. North West Events
  • 2. UK Events
  • 3. Overseas Events
  • 4. Trade Missions
  • 5. Webinars


GMCC - International Trade Forum

Date: Thursday 29th June 2017

Time: 8am-10:30am

Location: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD

Price: Free (Members) | £30 + VAT (Non-Members)

Come along and network with like-minded businesses to share best practice and discuss all things International Trade.

For more information and to register your interest, please visit

Focus on Latin America - North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Date: Wednesday 5th July

Time: 9:30am - 1pm

Location: Harrison Drury & Co.Solicitors, 1a Chapel Street, Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 8BU

Looking for new markets? Would you consider exporting to Latin America? Doing business in Latin America is an opportunity too good to miss!

This region of 600 million people and 20 different countries where almost 50% of people are 'middle class' driving economic growth represents a great market for UK companies. This is your chance to join Karl Susol from the Department of International Trade and the Overseas Business Network Initiative Representatives from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru as they introduce you to the region and the exciting range of opportunities on offer. The day will conclude with individual market advice meetings with speakers.

What will the event offer:

  • An overview of the markets and the opportunities on offer
  • Networking with like-minded businesses
  • One-to-one meeting opportunities with all the speakers will be available after the presentations.

Please contact if you would like further information or to register.

International Travel and Operational Security Seminar - Squire Patton Boggs

Leeds - 26th September

Manchester - 27th September

Price: Free

This seminar will provide a practical and interactive approach to managing the risks of overseas travel for employees - keeping them sage and, in turn, reducing the risk to your business. The seminar will use case studies to contrast domestic and overseas law and draw out the practical implications.

It will highlight the employer's legal duties in relation to workers and third parties overseas, give an overview of the pitfalls and legal obligations relating to driving abroad and the use of economy services such as Airbnb and Uber while traveling, and conclude with a practical session on crisis management and business continuity.

If you would like more information about this event or if you want to register, please email


UK-Ghana Trade & Investment Forum - Developing Markets Associates

Date: 28 June 2017

Location: Central London

A senior government delegation, will attend the Forum to showcase the many investment opportunities that Ghana can offer international investors. This invitation-only event will profile the Ghanaian economy, providing a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with ministers and senior government officials.


  • 08:30-09:30: Registration & Refreshments
  • 09:30-09:50: Welcome
  • 09:50-10:10: Keynote Address
  • 10:10-11:30: Session 1 - Political and Economic Overview
  • 11:30-12:00: Refreshment Break
  • 12:00-13:30: Session 2 - Doing Business in Ghana
  • 13:30-14:30: Networking Lunch
  • 14:30-16:15: Session 3 - Investing in Energy & Infrastructure
  • 16:15-16:30: Closing Remarks
  • 16:30-18:00: Gala Drinks Reception - Sponsored by INTL FCStone

For further information please email

UK-Côte d'lvoire Trade & Investment Forum - Developing Markets Associates

Date: 13th July 2017

Location: Central London

A senior government delegation will attend the UK-Côte d'lvoire Trade & Investment Forum to showcase the many investment opportunities that Côte d'lvoire can offer international investors. This invitation-only event will profile the Ivoirian economy, providing a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with ministers and senior government officials. Côte d'lvoire, with its growing economy and stable political environment, now ranks as one of Africa's best bet for existing and potential investors. Already known as the world's largest cocoa producer and the world's third largest coffee producer, the country boast a wealth of natural resources as well vast potential in areas such as the extractives industries. And with its strategic position and reliable infrastructure, Côte d'lvoire has become the preferred gateway to landlocked countries in the region. DMA was privileged to host the Government of Côte d'lvoire for the first UK-Côte d'lvoire Trade & Investment Forum in 2013, and the follow-up successful trade mission to Abidjan in 2015.


  • 08:30-09:30: Registration & Refreshments
  • 09:30-09:50: Welcome
  • 09:50-10:10: Keynote Address
  • 10:10-11:30: Session 1 –Economic Overview
  • 11:30-12:00: Refreshments Break
  • 12:00-13:30: Session 2 – Investing in Energy & Extractives
  • 13:30-14:30: Networking Lunch
  • 14:30-16:15: Session 3 – Investing in Key Sectors: Agriculture & Manufacturing
  • 16:15-16:30: Closing Remarks
  • 16:30-18:00: Gala Drinks Reception

Please email for further information

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia Workshop - Saudi British Joint Business Council

Date: 18th July 2017

Location: The Saudi British Joint Business Council, 23 Grafton Street, London

The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC UK) is delighted to be hosting a ‘Doing Business in Saudi Arabia’ workshop to be held at their offices. The event will include presentations and panel sessions on current business opportunity sectors in Saudi Arabia, and the support available to exporters and investors The workshop follows recent progress in Saudi Vision 2030 implementation, including the creation of a Saudi SME Authority, promotion of the creative and tourism sectors, and reform of education and healthcare. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other Saudi and UK companies already present in the Kingdom. The workshop will be opened by SBJBC Co-Chairs, Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean and Sheikh Nasser Al Mutawa. Keynote speakers will include SBJBC members from different sectors, who have extensive experience of working in the Kingdom.

Please email for more information

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

Date: Thursday 21st September

Location: London

With the support of a variety of business organisations, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” was successfully held in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich in September 2016.

As Asia continues to drive the global economy's growth, British companies keen on exploring new business opportunities in the East can partner with Hong Kong, Asia's international trade and financial centre, in their search for success.

Following the overwhelming response in the UK, Japan, USA, France, Italy, Canada and Germany, Think Asia, Think Hong Kong will revisit the city of London, UK in September 2017.

Please follow this link for more information


Trade-show Access Programme(TAP) Supported Exhibitions

From 1st April 2017 to 30th March 2018

Please follow this link to see the details of TAP supported exhibitions for 1 April – 30 September 2017 and 1 October 2017- 30th March 2018

Please note this funding is not provided through the Greater Manchester of Chamber and eligibility applies.

SAARC Investment Forum

Date: 6th September 2017

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka

South Asia is home to more than 1.6 billion people and has experienced significant economic growth over the last decade. World bank notified that South Asia as the world’s fastest growing region in the world and expects to remain in more than 7% growth until 2017. 30% of the population is currently under the age of 15, creating a future demographic bulge that presents an opportunity to develop human capital and nurture entrepreneurship. The markets in South Asia offer a diverse array of investment opportunities in different sectors. Largest amounts of capital have been deployed in the sectors of energy, financial services and manufacturing, and these remain active sectors for investment across the region. There is huge potential in other sectors such as ago-business, health, and information and communication technology, and in businesses providing basic goods and services.


  • SAARC Investor Forum is an effort to unleash unlimited investment opportunities in the region while branding South Asia as an investment hub to encourage South Asian investors for cross border investments within the region and attract investors from outside the region.
  • Encourage young and innovative entrepreneurs to interact with experienced entrepreneurs to share experience and find funds to implement their innovative ideas.
  • Create a space for Investors to network with South Asian business community and policy makers.

For more information, please email

Great British Ale Festival Trade Mission

Date: 7-9 September 2017

Location: Slovenia

Main aim: To introduce real ale to the SLO market and wider region.

What you get FREE of charge:

  • Registration fee
  • 2 nights with breakfast incl. in a single room for 1 person
  • Organisation of up to 5 B2B meetings
  • Transfer from LJ Airport and back
  • Your products showcased & sold on a shared stand, presented by hostesses

Festival Programme:

  • Day 1 - official opening & B2B meetings at the Festival
  • Day 2 - B2B meetings and festival & Round Table - What is real ale?
  • Day 2 - Festival and beer tasting workshop& UK band gig

If you're interested in this trade mission please email registering your interest before the 4th July 2017

Agri-Tech trade show, India

Date:7th-9th September 2017

Location: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad.

About Agro-Tex Trade show

The 5th edition of AGRI-TEX 2017 is supported by State Govt of Telangana and is organized by Kenes Exhibitions. This International Agricultural, Dairy and Food Processing Trade Fair, will be an opportunity for all those involved in the fields of Agriculture, Dairy & related activities to expand and diversify their business in India. The trade show will focus in the areas of: Seed Technology, Dairy, Aquaculture, Agri Machinery (with focus on water saving technologies), Precision Agriculture and Food Processing. An international conference is also planned on the lines of the exhibition.

Join the UK pavilion (for free) and Showcase the UK’s innovation and excellence in Agri-Tech; Promote UK products and generate export opportunities:

  • Conduct 1-2-1 meetings and display marketing materials in an exclusive meeting area;
  • Meet with senior policy makers and influencers of State Government of Telangana, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders; join bespoke sessions at the conference
  • Promote, pitch on purchasing and partnering from some of India’s innovative Agri-tech start-ups as well as SMEs looking to partner with UK companies.
  • Generate FDI prospects

Charges: No charges for joining the mission, delegates only need to pay for flights, accommodation, subsistence and other personal expenses. response at the earliest.

Last date for registration: 4 Aug

Please email for more information

SAARC Trade Fair

Date: 7th to 9th September 2017

Location: Colombo - Sri Lanka


  • Promote intra regional trade and investment
  • Brand South Asia as an investment hub and trading partner to the world
  • Create business links within businesses in the region
  • Encourage business to share knowledge and expertise
  • Showcase and exchange cultures and traditions of the participating countries
  • Create a common platform for SAARC Businesses to showcase their product and services
  • Promote people to people contact within SAARC region through prompting regional tourism

For more information, please email

Belt and Road Summit

Date: 11th September

Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Providing a definitive platform for eminent government and business leaders around the globe to exchange in-depth insights, the Belt and Road Summit will explore the tremendous potential of economies along the Belt and Road and enable you to capture prospects for collaboration, using Hong Kong as a platform to facilitate your interest in Belt and Road projects.

For more information, please visit

SIAL Group, World's Number 1 Food Exhibition Network

  • SIAL Interfood Jakarta , 22nd-25th November 2017
  • SIAL Abu Dhabi 11th -13th December 2017
  • SIAL Paris 21st 25th October 2018

SIAL Exhibitions are helping UK companies develop their export sales by reaching targeted buyers from all sectors, specialist retailers and large multiples, foodservice and catering buyers, food manufacturers and importers.

Their business platforms inspire a total of 14,000 exhibitors and 330,000 professional visitors from 200 countries.

For more information, please email

VASTRA - An International Textile and Apparel Fair 2017

Date: 21st to 24th September

Location: Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre

VASTRA, an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel, presents a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fibre to fashion, services and technology. Crafted to create business opportunities, it aims at revitalizing existing business ties and forging of new business relations. It is the ideal platform to enter JVs, strategic alliances and partnerships worldwide, launch new products, as well as, harness new locations for setting up businesses in India. It is also a place for disseminating technology and interacting with R&D Labs and experts for solution in technology and latest trends.

VASTRA - 2017, the 6th edition of VASTRA, will establish its name to newer heights and create a unique space in the textile / apparel sector all across the globe. It would be a new paradigm in terms of relevance, quality and new product offerings in textiles and apparel while presenting enhanced business opportunities for all stakeholders.

For more information, please email


There are currently no advertised trade missions.


Open to Export 2017 Webinar Programme

Upcoming Courses:

  • Digital ways to manage your shipping and supply chain – 12 July 14:00
  • Make the most of tradeshow season this autumn – August
  • Taking and making payments in international currencies – September
  • Sector focus series: more details to be announced – October
  • Ensure your insured: an introduction to trade credit insurance – November
  • From getting started to winning overseas: hear it from an export champion – December

Please sign up to these webinars here: