News & Views : Our Blog

Let's take our skills to a world market

A global village

Back in the Sixties a phrase was coined about seeing the world as a “global village”. Over the past 50 years that perception has become more and more a reality and less and less a slogan. Holidays abroad are the norm for the majority of us. We’ve changed our eating patterns and tastes and enjoy going to restaurants that give us the flavour and atmosphere of a different country and its culture. We watch television programmes and films that transport us to exotic parts of the world and entertain us with stories about how differently and interestingly people live in other parts of the world.

What I’ve been saying about the British applies to people who live in other countries too. Whenever I travel abroad, I’m always astonished by the interest, and frequently fascination, that other countries show about our way of life, our institutions, and our history. They’re very knowledgeable about Britain and genuinely impressed by all the things that we have produced over the centuries, right through to the Harry Potter phenomenon! 

Taking the leap

Such interest is a spur to all local and regional businesses that have been developing a particular product or a particular type of service and have sold their goods to a domestic market. I agree it’s not easy to make that big leap into a rather unknown and unfamiliar world beyond our shores, and to believe that a successful domestic product could be turned into an even more successful and profitable export product.

However, it’s certainly worth a go. And you don’t have to do it on your own. Over roughly the past 10 years British organisations, including of course the government, have been working harder than ever before to cater for every type of business at every level of commerce and industry in order to equip businesses for taking their product to a foreign market place and successfully selling it there. The most important agency for providing such assistance is called UK Trade & Investment or UKTI for short. Because it is a government arm, it effectively has a network of organisations in every major city and town throughout the world where Britain is represented. Crucially though, you can make a start on thinking about exports much closer to home, by getting in touch with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce where you’ll be given advice, information and practical help concerning the bread and butter issues of doing trade internationally.

Thinking internationally

On our doorstep we have a university which is proud of its international outreach and credentials. There is no reason at all why our entire North Lancashire trading region cannot be inspired to think along international lines by having confidence in our design skills, our technological know-how and in our entrepreneurial drive and to help supplant the Germans – my fellow countrymen – as the “export world champions” of Europe. Just to return to the Sixties with which I introduced my article, let’s also be inspired by Wembley and the spirit of 1966!

 

For hands-on help with exporting, contact Eureko.

 

Chamber of Commerce

 

This article is part of the Chamber Chat series published in the Lancaster Guardian.

Posted: 8th March 2015

Blog Articles


 

Fifteen years of Eureko

October 27, 2018

Eureko Associates: now celebrating the first 15 years: 2003-2018

Germany v England: a shared cultural good

May 30, 2018

Our latest take on the highs and lows of our linked football past - and present

Tips and techniques for translating German into English

April 08, 2018

German sentences do indeed have a beginning, a middle and an end. But not necessarily in that order

A local perspective - Growth Forum helps connect business and wider local community

March 23, 2018

How our local Growth Forum is making a real difference

Finding the right German trade fair for your business

January 29, 2018

Almost every sector and type of technology is covered by a powerful trade fair/expo in Germany

Tapping into the huge German automotive sector

November 20, 2017

Nearly £400 billion turnover: the German automotive sector offers the UK major export opportunities

Negotiating with Europeans may be harder than expected

November 05, 2017

Those Brexit negotiations highlight the importance of being thoroughly prepared

A local perspective - seeing Morecambe anew

September 29, 2017

Reflections on local pride and a look to the future

Build your business in Germany with a .de website

August 18, 2017

Without one of these your business may simply be invisible in Germany

Berlin's European Destiny

August 11, 2017

A visit brings alive Berlin's past and present - and provides perspective on the future 

Choosing your export destination: the German market – big and on your doorstep...

July 20, 2017

More reasons to focus on that established, thriving market close to home

A local perspective - where business meets community

May 31, 2017

Reflections on how businesses and communities can flourish together 

Finding your trade fair route into the huge German environmental market

May 24, 2017

Attending the right key trade fair can connect your business with this thriving market

Germany means business on the environment

May 03, 2017

Innovative British companies can make the most of these export opportunities

Case Study: Hands-On Help with Exporting Checkpoint® to Germany

March 09, 2017

The Checkpoint® loose wheel nut indicator is the brain child of Mike Marczynski

Why Germany is still the land of opportunity - for doing business...

February 15, 2017

Making the most of German businesses' long term approach

Profiting from international trade fairs

January 19, 2017

A quick overview of my experiences as a regular visitor to trade fairs for over ten years

Ringing the bells for local pride

January 12, 2017

In German they call it “Lokalpatriotismus” - literally translated that’s local patriotism

Our Europe

May 20, 2016

The lasting value of our own personal bridges to our fellow Europeans

A decade of Anglo-German Collaboration

April 26, 2016

Taking the lead through European teamwork

Learning a foreign language opens up the world

February 23, 2016

Some of the key psychological, cultural and business benefits of language learning

Case Study: Translating into English for Major German Trailer Manufacturer SPIER

January 24, 2016

Like so many German businesses, SPIER has built up export markets throughout the world

What a difference a word makes

January 05, 2016

Exploring the translator's work - bringing the real meaning to life

Eureko gets region's businesses into Berlin

November 18, 2015

Helping the region’s SMEs to branch out and reach international markets

"But everyone speaks English!"

September 19, 2015

More reasons to ensure your business communicates in ways customers can relate to

On the German Business Pitch

June 28, 2015

In Germany, business strategy and football strategy are one and the same

How to keep your business healthy

June 24, 2015

Spread the risks and find new growth opportunities with an effective export strategy

Why your business needs translating

April 28, 2015

Successful businesses are investing in translations that read as though they were never translated

Let's take our skills to a world market

March 08, 2015

Making globalisation really work for us

Helping great British ideas get into German, Swiss and Austrian markets

January 11, 2015

Helping to connect Pacerpoles with important German speaking markets

Exporting British ideas the German way

November 23, 2014

Why have the Germans notched up one commercial success after another?

3 Steps to Exhibiting Successfully at a German Trade Fair

November 09, 2014

If you're thinking of expanding into Europe’s biggest market - then trade shows can be vital

 

Share this page

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn