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IoD East & West Midlands - Export Expo

12 Nov 2018
Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth

IoD East and West Midlands are pleased to invite you to join us for a day all things export related!

For anyone who is new to exporting or are considering new markets then please come along to meet the experts.

Bookings for this event are closed with a new date to be announced! Please contact the office to register your interest. 

Key details

Date & time: 12 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Location: Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth
CPD Hours:

Prices from

45.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
55.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member Rate

Event manager:
Ms Cari Grice
Contact phone:
0115 848 6190
Contact email:

In August 2018 the Government launched a new Export Strategy, which ambitiously sets out how it aims to raise our exports from 30% to 35% of our GDP and strengthen our position as one of the 21st century's great trading nations.

Focusing on three key parts of the strategy Connect, Inform and Encourage, IoD East and West Midlands are pleased to invite you to join us for a day all things export related!

Designed for those who are new to exporting or considering new markets, our event will introduce you to a number of IoD Members who are Export Experts, who will share their own experiences of trading internationally.


Zeynep Turudi: Founder & MD of TRUEDE, the Turkish Delight & Confectionery Brand whose production is in Turkey and has distribution in the UK and exports back out to 15 countries Zeynep is also Partner & investor - online education booking platform for international students with over 2000 courses. She is an Executive Board Member of International Women Entrepreneurship Forum and Deputy Chair of the European Turkish Brand Association.

Shahid Sheikh, OBE: MD of Clifton Packaging which was started by Shahid and his 3 brothers when they arrived in the UK after being expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin in the 1970s. The company has firmly established itself in the fast evolving world of packaging. Flexible packaging and technical innovations have always been Clifton's specialty and they are committed to always be at the forefront of innovation by continuing to develop and give clients a competitive edge.

Andrew Wilkinson: Founding partner and Managing Director of OWB, the award-winning creative marketing agency, established in Birmingham in 2000. Ecommerce is a core function of the business; designing, developing and marketing eCommerce websites and apps for global brands, that are simple-to-use, innovative and drive both customer sales and online market-share. Andrew has worked in senior client-side positions for global brands including TNT and Blagden Industries Group and marketing agencies across the UK and overseas. Andrew is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of the RSA and a member of The Reform Club. He is a past Non-Executive Director of Business Link, where he was also made an ambassador for the creative industries, he is Non-Executive Director of Right Estate Agents and St Giles Hospice Group. In 2017 he was awarded 'Director of the Year' in the small business category in the 2017 IoD West Midlands Awards.

Supporting the DiT Team will be IoD Members who are experts in their field, which currently include:

Philip Gray of Brazil Business Hub Ltd

Don Lee of Devoch (experts in supporting UK businesses grow in China)

Michelle Bishton and Phil Sanger from Vault IP (IP experts experienced in overseas protection)

Jenny Hooper and David Hooper from Independent Freight Solution Ltd

Sophie Howe from Comtec Translations Ltd

Peter Mathews CMG, Chairman at Black Country Metals Trading Ltd



We are grateful to the Department of International Trade for their support. 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. They also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.


Prices from

45.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
55.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member Rate


  • Drayton Manor Hotel
  • Drayton Manor Drive
  • Tamworth
  • B78 3TW

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