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28 Jan

Simplifying Regulation - "Get it right first time"

This free event for businesses in the North East Region is arranged by ‘North East Better Business for All’ partnership and Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Designed to help businesses deal with a range of regulatory requirements it will give you the tools you need to ensure your business is compliant.

This safety focused event will bring well-respected professionals from a range of regulatory areas to offer business support and help your business succeed and thrive.

Health and safety has a reputation for keeping business owners awake at night. We hope to ease some of this stress and burden.

This event includes free buffet meal and opportunities to network.


Why you should attend:

  • Understand how to manage risk in your workplace more simply
  • Understand about some expected changes to fire safety legislation
  • Learn about the free business support available to your business
  • Learn about a wide range of Trading Standards issues.
  • Learn about changes for Trading Overseas from a Department of Trade, International Trade Adviser
  • Learn from ACAS about how to manage stress at work in your business
  • Learn how to tackle business to business burdens relating to ‘health and safety ‘rules’’

Who should attend:

Small to medium sized businesses based in the North East / North Yorkshire Region from Northumberland, County Durham, Sunderland, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Humberside.

Place : Hardwick Hall Hotel , Coleman Room , Sedgefield, TS21 2EH

Event Programme:

9.00 am Registration and refreshments

9.20 am Welcome and Introduction

Chair: NE Strategic Regulation Regional Network (BBfA), Gary Blenkinsop, Environmental Health Manager, Wakefield Council

9.25am North East Growth Hub Update

Helen Lee, Mentoring and Brokerage Manager, North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP)

9.30 am Simplifying Regulation Health and Safety: Keeping it simple

Jeremy Bevan, Policy Advisor, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

10.00 am Fire Safety for Business

Chris Hockaday, Business Fire Safety Manager, County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

10.20 am An Introduction into the Business Support Helpline

Joanne Gregory, Senior Knowledge and Relationship Manager, Umi: Helping businesses go further

10.40 am Refreshment Break - Coffee / Tea / Biscuits

10.55 am Trading standards: Reducing the cost of compliance

Graham Blount, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Durham County Council Trading Standards

11.15 am Managing Stress at Work

Pat Fairfax, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), North East

11.35 am Changes for NE Companies Trading Overseas

Jonathan Gamblin, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade

11.55am Exploring and Tackling business to business burdens: health and safety ‘rules’

Jeremy Bevan, Policy Advisor, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

12.25 pm Any Questions?

12.30 pm Free Buffet Lunch and networking

1pm Finish

29 Jan

Overseas Opportunities in High Growth Markets

Please note this is a practical event aimed at North East based businesses interested in trading internationally or wanting to learn more about the service Department for International Trade North East (formerly UKTI North East) provides. 

By identifying and prioritising certain overseas markets, exporters of products and services can develop a more effective international strategy. During this interactive masterclass we will look at the countries exporters have traditionally targeted and focus on the new market opportunities for future development.

We will discuss and answer these key questions:

  • Where are the best future opportunities?
  • Which key markets should you prioritise?
  • When should you target selected markets?
  • Why is it important to develop an export strategy?
  • How should you approach specific markets and regions?
  • What support and advice is available?

BRICs, CIVETS or something else?

In 2001 when Jim O’Neill was at Goldman Sachs he coined the term BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China),to describe the relationship between the world’s leading economies and the larger emerging economies. Over 10 years later there were new acronyms being championed so we heard the terms CIVTS (Colombia, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa) and MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey).

Economists are always forecasting the next group of high growth and high potential markets that we should be considering. The defining factors are predicting countries with high growth rates, young populations and great potential to be major economies in the future.

Recently, a leading economist talked about the “tale of two worlds”, the advanced versus the emerging and developing economies. In the last year we have seen a significant mile stone where for the first time the second group account for just over 50% of world output.

Over the next three years small emerging economies are forecast to outpace the powerhouses of China and India in terms of economic growth. We will look at the world’s fastest growing economies – where are they and do they represent the real opportunities for UK exporters.

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