SHEFFIELD lawyers Hill Dickinson and The Star are joining forces to debate an issue of vital importance to the region and the nation - export.
The two organisations are inviting leading figures from the local business community to a Round Table discussion to look at how firms can start trading overseas and ensure they get paid.
The ongoing crisis in the Eurozone and the advantages, or otherwise, of targeting BRIC or emerging economies will be debated. Guests will also talk about whether there is enough Government support for exporters.
Hill Dickinson partner, Giles Searby, Sheffield head of commercial litigation and international trade, said: “The mantra from the level of Government down is: ‘export or die’. Every company today is advised to look at trading internationally.
“In the digital age it is something that comes to companies much earlier in their life cycle.
“In the old days companies had to make a positive decision to export, today they may get an email for 1,000 widgets via their website. There’s a new category of accidental exporters.
“Having seen China and other economies grow, they are always going to pay a part in the supply chain, particularly of raw materials and volume products.
“The UK’s competitive edge is in very special, bespoke products that require technical expertise.”
Hill Dickinson has been advising on international trade for all of its 200 year existence.
The firm opened in Sheffield two years ago and has recently sponsored South Yorkshire International Trade Centre.
The Round Table is on June 26 at Hill Dickinson’s offices in The Balance and will be chaired by Star Business Editor Bob Rae.
Edited highlights will appear in a three-page feature in Star Business Monthly on July 4 and as a video and text on The Star’s website www.thestar.co.uk.