Make It Global’s Countdown to Christmas

MIG Santa

Seasons greetings from the Make It Global team. The New Year is just around the corner, but before that it is Christmas.

As distracting as Christmas can be, Make It Global recognises that there are always few things that are great to be reminded about for your business during the holidays.

Follow us in this Make It Global Christmas Countdown where everyday in December before Christmas, we shall give you Christmas tips which will hopefully be very useful in this holiday period for your business, helping you to prosper internationally.

Look out for the Make It Global Newsletter next week, like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and use our hashtag #UELMakeItGlobal, for other updates from the project and external help.


Trading Places: A Seriously Funny Look at Going Global

Trading Places Polaroid

During Global Enterprise Week 2013, on Thursday 21st November 2013, the University of East London’s Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship and Funny Women hosted a joint networking event with a twist, ‘Trading Places: A Seriously Funny Look at Going Global‘.

The event offered guests the opportunity to reflect on the challenges they face in building successful global businesses while they watched a performance by Funny Women, the UK’s leading female comedy community, and some very special guests.

Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills offered her support to the event:

“The Women’s Business Council’s report showed just how important it is, in economic terms, for women to be able to contribute fully in the workforce. There is a sound business case for ensuring this happens and it would be madness to ignore it.

This event is a unique opportunity for women to explore what going global means to them”

If you missed out on the event you can see some of the pictures from the event here. Remember to like our Facebook page while you are looking.


The event was so successful that we were awarded acknowledgement by the GEW team for running a ‘High Impact’ event as part of the campaign.

GEW’s High Impact criteria is designed to identify events that provide role models, offer practical support, develop enterprise capabilities, and reference the wider GEW campaign and evaluate success – all elements that we have identified as being crucial to a successful GEW event.

Check our events calendar to find out about our future events and different ways we can help your business Make It Global.

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Social Media has been the big story of the last couple of years but many business owners and executives are mystified by its seeming complexity and how they can apply it to their business. In this seminar, Adrian Swinscoe ( will be sharing his experience of Social Media, will tell some stories from small businesses that are using it successfully, asking some key questions to help you figure out how you could be applying it to your business to drive future growth, and some practical tips, pointers and strategies to help you get started (or not).

Click here for more information.

Bigger means better value

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SME Growth Hack

Chinwag & UKTI Present SME Growth Hack Build. Promote. Sell. Inspire.

Growth hacking is a discipline dedicated to finding innovative, low-cost alternatives to traditional marketing. This event will look at how small business and entrepreneurs can leverage new technology, social media and support programmes to quickly build their business.

The Growth Hacking methodology uses technology to quickly build and develop a business, utilising digital tactics for market research and marketing purposes. Employing cloud-based tools for management, Growth Hackers make the most of current innovations to allow entrepreneurs to test their business and change it rapidly.

Click here for more information

Take A Step Forward – Global Entrepreneurship Week


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

In the UK, the campaign is hosted by Youth Business International, a global network of initiatives that help young entrepreneurs to start their own business, in partnership with Barclays.

GEW believe that a large national campaign to promote entrepreneurship is a vital part of making the UK more entrepreneurial, to encourage more people to start up their own business.

GEW’s aim is to create a collaborative, local and practical week which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support that is available to entrepreneurs in the UK. 20% of UK adults have heard of Global Entrepreneurship Week and it remains by some margin the nation’s largest entrepreneurship-focused campaign.

Check the GEW site and what is available here.

We will post some of the events on the blog from GEW all week so keep an eye out.

Doing Business in China

Date: Thursday, 5th December 2013

Time: 09.00 – 11.00

Venue: The Exchange, City Business Library, Guildhall, Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH

Cost: £5:00 (£3:00 concessions)

China is now the world’s second largest economy and one of the fastest growing consumer markets. Increased domestic consumption, rapid urbanisation and a growing tide of Chinese tourism and investment overseas are all creating huge opportunities for UK companies of all sizes from a wide range of business sectors.

Hosted at the City Business Library, this event will be run by the China-Britain Business Council, and it will provide information and advice for UK companies interested in learning more about opportunities in China and about Chinese business culture. It will discuss the main opportunities and challenges for small businesses looking to do more business with China.

To book a place, click here:

For further information or queries email

Exporting is Great – Britain

UK – An opportunity too good to miss”: Export seminar and networking reception (Multi-Sector)

Join UKTI in Birmingham for an overview of potential opportunities for UK businesses in the Emerging Europe market.

Date: 26/11/2013 – 26/11/2013

Start/End Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Registration Open: 08/11/2013

Registration Cut Off: 26/11/2013

Event Organiser: UKTI Emerging Europe Team

Location: SGH Martineau, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6AA, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Are you interested in exporting closer to home? Would you like to find out about opportunities in industrial supply chain and services in Emerging Europe? Come and join UKTI in Birmingham for this free export seminar and networking reception on 26 November at 06.00 pm.

Main Contact: UKTI Events Team

For more information click here.


Live Q&A: Identifying future exporting trends

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To celebrate UKTI’s National Export Week, join our live chat on Thursday 14 November at 11am for expert advice on growing your small business overseas.

Despite figures showing that small businesses are 11% more likely to survive if they trade overseas, only one in five British SMEs do so. When the UK Trade & Investment body (UKTI) also states that exporting SMEs are 34% more productive in their first year than those SMEs who do not, why are so many entrepreneurs still reluctant to start looking beyond our green and pleasant land?

UKTI’s National Export Week, which runs from 11 November to 15 November, hopes to change SME owners’ minds, holding workshops and seminars across the country, highlighting overseas opportunities.

To read the rest of the article from The Guardian and to see how you can get involved with the Live Q and A see here.


UKTI Export Week 11th – 15th November 2013





Today marks the start of UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) national Export Week. During this week UKTI will be hosting a series of events highlighting the services they offer to help your business grow overseas. These include:

  • Schemes such as Passport to Export/Gateway to Global Growth
  • Research services such as Overseas Market Introduction Service
  • Trade missions and trade fair support

The Explore Export roadshow events will be the highlight of this weeks activities. There will be over 120 commercial officers representing over 70 markets in attendance. For our Make It Global businesses, the London roadshow is taking place on Thursday 13th November at the Kia Oval. Click here for more details.

During this week we want to hear your stories of global success & why you want to expand internationally. To share your stories contact the Make It Global team,

‘Drive Your Ambition’

Every WomanYou may have already heard about the exciting live online event brought to you by everywomanNetwork in partnership with Sky.

If not here it is, ‘Drive your ambition’ is on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 from 9.45am –12.00 GMT and participants can join online at anytime during this event.

Hosted by Jayne Secker from Sky News, the audience will hear from a leading business psychologist on barriers that can prevent you from progressing and two panels of leaders who will share their perspective on steps to support a successful career.

We’d love for you to join us on the day or if you know someone that would benefit from this free online event please help us spread the word. You’ll find a PDF flyer with registration details here >>

A Master Class on Financing your Exports

6699_30 Financing your exports V3When: Monday 11th November 2013, 14:30- 18:30
Where: London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP
Cost: Free

Registration: Download the registration information here. Download the detailed programme here.

Find out how to finance your exports and protect your company against the risks involved in international trade. Learn how banks, UK Export Finance and credit insurance can help your business expand overseas.

Why attend this event
You should attend this event if the answer to any of these questions is yes:
• Does your business need working capital to finance export contracts?
• Have you turned down export contracts because you could not raise the necessary finance?
• Does your bank require cash security when you need a performance bond or guarantee?
• Has your business experienced bad debts when dealing with overseas clients?
• Has your business experienced difficulties in obtaining trade credit insurance?
• Do you require your bank to support your business by confirming a letter of credit in respect of an export contract?
• Are you worried about dealing with clients in the ever-increasing number of countries affected by civil and political unrest?

Eligibility criteria to attend this event
In order to attend this event you must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) based within the South East or one of London’s 33 boroughs and must have been trading for a minimum of 24 months. You must have fewer than 250 employees, with a turnover of less than £40m and looking into increasing your overseas market access.

About Export Week
Export Week, during Monday 11 – Friday 15 November 2013, is a week of events to encourage SMES to export to new markets and provide
them with the information and networks they need to investigate further.