Businesses take off with Gatwick, Google and UK Trade & Investment

23 March 2015

London Gatwick has teamed up with the Government’s Business is GREAT campaign and Barclays to today hold a conference for more than 100 British businesses designed to help them grow internationally.

Branded TAKE OFF: Growing Your Business Abroad, the event is split into three themes providing practical advice from experts and real-life stories from entrepreneurs who have successfully grown their businesses abroad.

The event will feature an impressive list of keynote speakers including:

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at Gatwick Airport

Martjin Bertisen, Sales Director at Google

Kath Willis, Regional Head of International SME at Barclays

Denise Harris, Director UK Trade & Investment and Head of UK Export Finance

Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation

The half-day session will also include panel discussions and audience participation along the following themes:

Export Finance – how to secure finance and expand overseas

Online Exporting – how to maximise overseas sales  through online channels

Going Global – how to take a business to new international markets

TAKE OFF is the latest initiative from Gatwick to support small businesses, and builds on the ‘Go Global’ mission which saw Gatwick, Enterprise Nation and Norwegian send 100 small businesses to New York on the biggest trade mission of its kind. Gatwick is also a major supporter of the Traveltech Lab, a new incubator for travel technology start-ups, launched by London & Partners and the Trampery on 10 March.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “At Gatwick, we understand the importance of affordable access to overseas markets for young businesses and want to help facilitate their international ambitions. Our offering is all about innovation, value for money and driving efficiency throughout the airport experience. We recognise small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and Gatwick is the gateway to their global markets.”

Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “With so many small businesses starting trade on a Monday and trading with the world by Wednesday, they need to access practical guidance on how to enter new markets - and they need routes to those markets. In hosting this event, Gatwick is delivering both. I have seen at first hand just how committed Gatwick is to helping small businesses Go Global - I hope it secures the runway go-ahead so thousands more small businesses can make the most of international trade opportunities.”

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