Programme 2023

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8:15am (GMT) Registration opens, coffee and networking

Pick up your badge and enjoy a coffee, while looking around the exhibition and meeting fellow delegates.

9:30am (GMT) Introduction

Introduction to the day by Nina Hossain.

9:35am (GMT) IOE&IT director general’s welcome address

A welcome to the inaugural Import Export Show from IOE&IT Director General, Marco Forgione.

9:45am (GMT) Panel 1: The UK’s place in a changing trade world

This panel discussion will explore the increasing levels of geopolitical uncertainty in the world and consider how the UK is adapting to its new place in the global order since leaving the EU.

Alongside chair, Nina Hossain, to discuss these issues are Abhishek Sharma, Senior Director TradeMark Africa; Sam Lowe, Partner, Flint; David Henig, Director of the UK Trade Policy Project European Centre for Political Economy; Clair Gammage, Head of the Law School and Professor of International Commercial Law Exeter University. 

10:25am (GMT) The role of business and government in kick-starting an export-led recovery

In this session, driven by questions from the floor, Marco Forgione and DBT’s Martin Cook will discuss the role of business and government in creating a thriving trade sector.

Chaired by Nina Hossain, with Martin Cook, Director within the Department for Business and Trade and Marco Forgione, Director General, Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).

10:45am (GMT) Break

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, look around the exhibition and network with peers.

11:15am (GMT) Political keynote

Hear from Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who will be giving her first public speech since the announcement of the UK Border Target Operating Model.

11:45am (GMT) Panel 2: The future of trade finance

What might trade finance look like after a period of disruption and innovation, with fintech challengers and startups changing the shape of the market?

Chaired by Nina Hossain, the panel line-up includes Roberto Napolitano, Innovate Finance; Deepesh Patel, Editor-in-Chief at Trade Finance Global; and Jane Cooper, UKEF.

12:15pm (GMT) IOE&IT International Trade Awards Part 1

Celebrating the shortlists and winners of the following awards, presented by our International Trade Awards sponsors and IOE&IT:

  • Innovation in Trade Award
  • Investment in Trade Award
  • Sustainable Trade Award
  • Trading for Good Award
12:35pm (GMT) Lunch break

Have lunch (on us) and take time to look round the exhibition and network with industry leaders and professionals.

14:00pm (GMT) Video message

Hear from Ambassador Matthew Wilson, Ambassador to UN and WTO and chair of MSME Working Group.

14:05pm (GMT) Panel 3: What international trade has done for my business

Who better to discuss the benefits, challenges, opportunities and trends faced by exporters than those on the front line? This is an opportunity to hear from four businesses that have built their success on selling to overseas markets.

This unmissable panel, chaired by Nina Hossain, features Richie Finney, Founder of Captain Fawcett; Oliver Winter, from Fevertree; Pauline Paterson, Co-founder, Dr PawPaw; Bolaji Sofoluwe, Co-founder and managing director, ETK Group.

14:45pm (GMT) From £10 to £10m in 10 years: My E-commerce story

Over the last decade, Barry Tong has used the tools of E-commerce to grow his business from his kitchen table to a multimillion pound, multi-brand online powerhouse. Hear Barry's story and put your questions to him, so you benefit also from the inspiring story how he took his business global.

IOE&IT's Susan Roe interviews Barry Tong from Stevensons Online. This is an interactive session with questions from the floor.

15:15pm (GMT) Political keynote

Hear from Kevin Hollinrake MP, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business

15:35pm (GMT) Break

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, look around the exhibition and network with peers.

16:00pm (GMT) Panel 4: Is digitalisation the answer for more sustainable trade?

The pressure to make global trade more sustainable continues to grow, as the climate crisis deepens. Can the prospect of easing of trade flows through digital trade documentation and other smart processes also help reduce its carbon footprint?

Chaired by Nina Hossain, the panel includes Kevin Shakespeare, IOE⁢ Jens Munch Lund-Nielsen, IOTA Foundation; Jaya Vohra, Barclays Corporate Banking; Prof Michael Short, Teesside University.

16:30pm (GMT) IOE&IT International Trade Awards Part 2

Celebrating the shortlists and winners of the following awards, presented by our International Trade Awards sponsors and IOE&IT:

  • Rising International Trader Award
  • Young Trader of the Year Award
  • Micro-Business of the Year Award
  • SME of the Year Award
16:50pm (GMT) Closing remarks

Marco Forgione gives a round-up of the day, followed by a Champagne reception to celebrate the winners of the inaugural IOE&IT International Trade Awards.

17:10pm (GMT) Show close

Nina Hossain closes the show. 

17:15pm (GMT) Champagne reception

Enjoy a Champagne reception while networking with like-minded peers, businesses and industry leaders.