Connecting exporters from the Leeds City Region

ExportExchange Patrons

Daniel Addy - DTT Broadcast

Managing Director

Expertise : WE RECRUIT AND PLACE • Broadcast Technology Executive Leadership – MD, CEO, COO, VP, GM, Country Manager • Broadcast Technology Sales - VP, Director, BDM, Account Director • Broadcast Tech PM – Project Management, Product Management, Pre-Sales, Strategy • Broadcast Technologists – Engineering, Architecture, R&D

Saeeda Ahmed - Education Partnerships UK

Director

Expertise : We are providing consultancy and support to British businesses wanting to access international halal economies. This includes Middle East and Far East/Asean regions. EPUK has signed agreements with major international partners to take British products and services to new markets. We have designed bespoke tailored qualifications for our business clients and businesses can get branded qualifications or training for their staff.

Martin Allison - Rosedale Advisory

Director

Expertise : Martin is an expert in capital raising, banking and international trade& cash management having run major divisions in Banks. Exporting and importing instruments, supply chain finance, physical movement of goods and risk management are all areas of expertise. Knowledgeable in market entry methods ie. Sales agents, distributors, licensing, franchising or direct investment options. Graeme is a qualified accountant with experience of importing goods from the Far East and also managing the financial processes to ensure optimal working capital management. One client is a major customer of Bibby utilising the many services offered.

Asim Ansari - Airedale International Air Conditioning

Head of Export Sales

Expertise : The huge opportunities and challenges of Export Sales. Understanding target markets and the necessary changes in organisational culture to be ready for export activities. Route to market; distributors, business partners or direct sales? After sales opportunities to maintain brand reputation. Effective communication; website, case studies and testimonials. Translation requirements for target markets

Greg Barton - Surfachem Group

Sales and Marketing Director

Expertise : Surfachem are investing heavily in technical and regulatory support to their business partners. Our Technical Development Facility within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and fully equipped R & D Laboratory in San Paolo, Brasil, are a focal point for the development of new formulas. We are the key technical interface for customers and suppliers,providing formulation assistance and troubleshooting for the cosmetics & personal care, household and I&I, pharmaceutical applications. Our focus is to have the right products, tools and support essential for you to succeed: formulations and new technologies, regulatory advice, problem solving customer service, logistical set up and supply chain network.tions and applications incorporating the latest ingredients and technologies.

Dr. Adam Beaumont - aql

CEO

Expertise :

David Beevers - Xiros

Innovations and Commercialisation Director

Expertise : Providing product and development services to multinational enterprises.

Chris Black - Sound Leisure

Managing Director

Expertise :

Adrian Brooks - Backstage Academy

Chairman

Expertise : Adrian has over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing and live events industries with a focus on three key areas: Technology, Services and Education. Adrian pioneered Higher Education in the live events sector in 2008 by establishing Backstage Academy, Wakefield. Backstage Academy offers an industry based learning approach that enables students to develop their skills in world-class environments, alongside some of the industry’s best experts. Students can build up an extensive network of industry contacts to help with their leap into employment.

Tina Catling - think

Founder

Expertise : Whenever you need your people to think in fresh new ways think can help. We work in many areas from New Product Development to Bid Management. We offer individuals and teams the time, tools and communication skills to enable them to think about how they think and to refresh their thinking. This fresh thinking can be focused on specific objectives such as re-energising a service, creating new ways of working, imagining a new marketing campaign, thinking about the organisation’s culture or anything that will help the organisation.

Diane Cheesebrough - thebigword

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Expertise : thebigword is a technology enabled company that has developed industry leading language technology to help businesses thrive in the global arena. Our pool of more than 14,000 globally sourced and translators and interpreters is second to none for its expertise, flexibility and dedication. Our linguists are held in high regard at thebigword and our recruitment team is dedicated to sourcing, testing, training and fostering long-term relationships with them.

Jason Dainty - Kempner & Partners LLP

Partner

Expertise : We have created a one stop shop for all IP services, covering not only the filing and prosecution of trade marks, but also dealing with any commercial IP and infringement issues. Consequently, our team includes both specialist trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers which gives our clients the complete picture, namely the combined benefit of the agents’ perspective and that of our specialist IP lawyers, without duplication of time, effort or cost.

William Derby - York Racecourse

Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course

Expertise : Sport, Leisure and Hospitality industry. Racing and Bloodstock. Event Management.

Jonathan Edwards - BudBox limited

Managing Director

Expertise : Manufacture in China for 14 years, world wide container distribution.

Keith Ellis - Bagel Nash

Chairman

Expertise : Broad experience of running businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa over the past 40 years. In addition, Private Equity investment leadership of a Global investment team with one of Europe’s largest P/E businesses with assets of over £10 billion

Mike Firth - DMB Foods Limited

Managing Director

Expertise : Extensive knowledge of the UK Foods Industry. Can offer existing ranges and source supply for third party export.

Donald Fruge - Feeney Law Group

Executive Director

Expertise : Services: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licensing, Agreements
Searches: Prior Art, Sequence Listings, Sequence Searches, Structure Searches, Landscape
Unique Focus: Patent Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, IP Litigation, Import Strategy, Licensing Agreements

Sean Gilligan - webanywhere

President and CEO

Expertise : Webanywhere provides complete eLearning solutions to clients across the UK and worldwide, including learning management systems (LMS) / virtual learning environments (VLE), business or school websites, and useful apps for education and training. Having started as a school web design company in 2003, we now work to deliver the best online learning and training platforms for education, business, healthcare and the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Paul Green - One Global

Managing Director

Expertise : Translation, localization and multilingual support services. Specialising in multilingual PR/Marketing/Social/Digital services, One Global helps businesses trade internationally. One Global Recruitment specializes in the recruitment of multilingual sales professionals for technology related businesses.

Jim Hart - Europlus Direct

Executive Chairman

Expertise : 14 years experience of trading overseas in the IT market - we sell to over 70 countries and have offices in Las Vegas and Sydney. We also have a lot of experience in the African market.

Elaine Holmes - Traveleads

Joint Managing Director

Expertise : We wholesale for over 40 international airlines and can provide clear guidance on achieving best value in your airfare spend, which can be a major factor in the success of your export campaign. We deliver great value solutions for your hotel, rail and car hire spend, plus passport/visa help. We offer a complete partnership to control your global travel procurement and management, including travel policy design and implementation and management of traveller profiles.

Victoria Hopkins - Hopkins Catering Equipment Ltd

Managing Director

Expertise : In recent years our export turnover has increased from 1% to 12% of turnover with our products being shipped globally. We have experience with logistics, product approval, customs, licensing and distribution agreements

Robin Jonhson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Partner

Expertise : Eversheds Sutherland have a dedicated trade practice which allows you to get advice in relation to the best way to conduct business in any particular territory. The group focusses on tariffs, local regulations, local entity structures, distribution and agency arrangements, compliance advice, competition advice and entity management. We also advise extensively in relation to joint ventures both commercial and corporate and can provide support if things do not go according to plan via mediation, conciliation, arbitration and ultimately litigation. But, in addition we have an immigration practice who can advise on work permits and local employee rights and restrictions.”

Paul Langhorn - RSM UK

Head of International for Yorkshire and North East Region

Expertise : Our professionals understand today's global business environment and seek to understand your international business needs. Our international services include, global compliance and reporting, international corporate tax, expatriate tax and international mobility, transfer pricing, technology consultancy and international startup services.

Arthur Loftus - Brandon Medical

Regional Export Director - EMEA

Expertise : Over 35 years of virtually continuous experience in International Trade within manufacturing businesses, the last 20 years of which have been in the Healthcare/Medical Equipment Sector.

Munir Mamujee - m2r Education

Managing Director

Expertise : Over 10 years of export experience, travelled independently and on over 20 trade missions. I can advise and have tremendous expertise on the following areas: • How to get the best out of trade missions (not sector or location specific) • How to generate new business overseas and maintain / grow relationships • Working within Saudi Arabia as well as the rest of the Gulf states • Cultural awareness and dos and don’ts of international business Please contact me if I can help.

Dr David Mandley - Tissuemed

CEO

Expertise : - Research and Development – expert areas including synthetic polymer chemistry, characterisation - Medical Device development – specifically Class III implantable devices - Medical device regulations - including EU and various global territories, incl. China - Distributor screening selection and management - Marketing – literature, website, social media - IP management

Denny Maude - Quality Bearings Online

Director

Expertise : Exporting through E-Commerce, Exporting to the US and dealing with customs, Online Payment Gateways, Servicing customers out of hours.

Lindsay Mckenzie - BioClad

Managing Director

Expertise : Product development, R & D and entering UK and international markets. Culture development and culture change within a company that supports rapid growth and the necessity for planned and opportunity challenges. Business growth planning and delivery Obtaining a ‘work life balance’

Gary Mcleod - Traveleads

Managing Director – Corporate

Expertise : We wholesale for over 40 international airlines and can provide clear guidance on achieving best value in your airfare spend, which can be a major factor in the success of your export campaign. We deliver great value solutions for your hotel, rail and car hire spend, plus passport/visa help. We offer a complete partnership to control your global travel procurement and management, including travel policy design and implementation and management of traveller profiles.

Garry Nield - Taylors of Harrogate Ltd

International Director

Expertise : Market entry strategies, distributor management and general export advice, particularly in fast moving consumer goods.

Richard Paxman - Paxman Coolers Limited

CEO

Expertise : Advise on exporting to various global markets (including Australasia, South Africa, Europe, USA, Japan, South America) including regulatory procedures and protocols for medical device manufacturers.

Carolyn Pearson - maiden-voyage.com Ltd

CEO & Founder

Expertise : Maiden Voyage provides employers with a number of solutions to enhance employee duty of care for business travellers. These include: an international standard for female-friendly hotels (hotels that have been physically inspected to ensure a good level of safety); corporate membership and Travel Responsible Employer accreditation; travel policy audits; and female traveller safety training.

Simon Riley - Quality Bearings Online

Director

Expertise : Exporting through E-Commerce, Exporting to the US and dealing with customs, Online Payment Gateways, Servicing customers out of hours.

Katharine Scott - Suma Wholefoods

Exports Sales

Expertise : Suma has been selling to international customers for 30 years, with an increased focus over the past ten, to the point where export sales contribute 12% of overall sales. We have developed a team of 15, which includes specialist territory managers who are experts of certain regions and offer customer support and care. We also are all skilled in order preparation and processing, invoicing and the relevant documentation to go along side these orders. Over the years we have built relationships with a network of logistical partners, and regularly attend ‘meet the buyer’ sessions, missions and trade shows. We work closely with our DIT contacts, and try our best to keep at the forefront of new business opportunities and changes in legislation. The team has recently won two awards: The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, and The Northern Powerhouse ‘export team of the year’. As a co-operative, we all work together well, and help one other, and the rest of the business when required.

Amanda Selvaratnam - The Training Gateway

Director

Expertise : • We provide business opportunities for UK education and training organisations • Run courses on exporting for education and training organisations • Host inward missions from overseas education and training buyers • Run overseas trade missions • Key areas of expertise Gulf, SE Asia and India

Nathalie Spencer - Suma Wholefoods

Exports Sales

Expertise : Suma has been selling to international customers for 30 years, with an increased focus over the past ten, to the point where export sales contribute 12% of overall sales. We have developed a team of 15, which includes specialist territory managers who are experts of certain regions and offer customer support and care. We also are all skilled in order preparation and processing, invoicing and the relevant documentation to go along side these orders. Over the years we have built relationships with a network of logistical partners, and regularly attend ‘meet the buyer’ sessions, missions and trade shows. We work closely with our DIT contacts, and try our best to keep at the forefront of new business opportunities and changes in legislation. The team has recently won two awards: The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, and The Northern Powerhouse ‘export team of the year’. As a co-operative, we all work together well, and help one other, and the rest of the business when required.

Griselda Togobo - Forward Ladies

Managing Director

Expertise : Alongside Forward Ladies, Griselda is a respected and impactful speaker and media commentator, with a passion for transforming businesses through the creation of innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations. As an expert on topics such as gender diversity, sustainability, Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM) and entrepreneurship, Griselda offers a fresh approach to diversity in leadership development and was recently named as one of the Top 100 ‘Yorkshire's Leading Women’.

Stephen Woollven - Hindle Group Ltd

Managing Director

Expertise : My main area of advice is in helping SME industrial manufacturing businesses look at strategies and planning for developing business in overseas markets. Key areas of experience include establishing and developing business through distributors.

Jeff Wyant - Coast to Coast Fulfillment, Inc

Founder

Expertise : US logistics, mailing, warehousing and distribution experts. Knowledge of retail and online fulfillment as well as outsourced warehousing and ecommerce fulfillment.