FCE to highlight export opportunities as part of discussions

Attendees at next month’s Furniture Component Expo 24 will be able to explore export opportunities as part of the exhibition’s seminar and presentation programme.

Taking place at Telford International Centre on 24-25 April, the show has a schedule of seminars over the both days, with the latest addition from the Department for Business and Trade taking place on 25 April.

A bespoke presentation will be given by Naomi Steemson, BDT international trade advisor will provide an overview of the service offered from the department while outlining the role of international trade advisors, who are the DBT’s experts in connecting businesses with export opportunities. She will also discuss initiatives such as the UK Export Academy, UK Export Finance and trade missions.

‘The session will provide a comprehensive guide to the advice, support, and promotion available for British furniture businesses wanting to grow and export, including the wide range of tools and resources provided by the DBT to assist businesses on their exporting journeys,’ says Phil Spademan, BFM md.

The seminar programme also features talks on best practice, sustainability, workforce and apprenticeships alongside a workshop on carbon footprint and net zero. The opening day of the event will also feature two panel discussions: Automation vs Skills: Friend or Foe? And Fire Regulations: what next?

‘This is a hugely important topic for our industry and the Furniture Component Expo 24. The session will see experts from their fields offering their perspectives and insights into the research which has been conducted since the announcement of the Government consultation on the regulations. The BFM is seeking input into creating a round table discussion beyond the exhibition to present to Government as a further industry response, so this will provide an invaluable opportunity to collate viewpoints across the sector,’ says Spademan.

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