As the trend towards online shopping continues to grow, small businesses in Shropshire are being urged to capitalise by growing their international e-commerce markets.
According to reports, one in every five pounds spent in UK shops is now online*. And whilst the UK is streets ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to online shopping with a third of consumers buying on the internet multiple times a week** the rest of the world is catching up.
It means there are endless opportunities for small businesses to tap into new overseas markets whether it’s importing goods in bulk, selling products abroad or both.
But just how do you take advantage of these expanding online marketplaces?
Well, an event coming up in Birmingham might have all the answers.
On February 13, The Department for International Trade (DIT) and Midlands Engine will hold the 2020 Go Global digital event at the NEC to help SMEs explore exporting opportunities online.
The event is designed to connect Midlands businesses with e-commerce experts and international trade advisors so they can explore how they expand their global reach and increase exports through online markets.
Those attending will be able to hear from a range of industry leaders and businesses who have mastered online trading including Ohh Deer, BrewDog and Candy Kittens.
Speakers from Tmall (China), NewEgg (US and Global), Fruugo (Global) and OnBuy (Europe and Global) will run E-marketplace session and an E-essentials workshop will be run by marketing agency Sharpmonkey.
To attend the event register via https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196613&
As an expert freight forwarder working with many small businesses across the region to manage import and export shipments, we might just see you there.