Experts line up to help SMEs boost export sales

Experts line up to help SMEs boost export sales
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Published: August 6th, 2020


A series of special ‘An Audience With…’ webinars to help small and medium-sized businesses across the Marches boost their export sales are to be staged by experts from The Department for International Trade.

The free webinars will showcase a range of global e-marketplaces and will provide guidance and practical advice on how SMEs can succeed in new markets and offer vital insight about how much it costs, logistics, marketing support and how to join.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&As so businesses leaders can put questions directly to the experts.

The series starts on August 18 at 10am with An Audience With… SimplyVAT

Although SimplyVAT are not an e-marketplace, when selling online overseas it is so important to ensure you understand the VAT rules for each market.

In this webinar Alex Wyatt, Global Project Manager, will help you to understand:

  • When you need to register for VAT
  • Which countries you need to register in as well as potential additional filings
  • How to prepare your business for the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU

The second event at 10am on August 25 is An Audience With…

With 21 million visitors per month and 16 million products listed, is one of the largest marketplaces in Germany. The internet presence of combines high brand awareness with state-of-the-art platform technology and enables targeted multichannel marketing. covers more than 5,000 product categories, including consumer electronics, furniture, homeware, gardening, DIY, sport and outdoor.

And as a special offer, if you join the platform through DIT you’ll pay no monthly fee for the first 3 months (only pay commission on items you sell).

Next up is An Audience With… Sift & Pick on September 22 at 9am.

Sift & Pick is an omnichannel, online marketplace based in Singapore. It started in 2018 centred around letting shoppers discover brands and products that are original and of uncompromising quality. Built by shoppers for shoppers, every product is lovingly handpicked by working directly with brand owners and designers, allowing Sift & Pick to bring authentic, under-the-radar designer goods closer to individuals.

Sift & Pick now partners with more than 250 global brands to carry over 6,000 fashion, beauty and lifestyle products.

An Audience With… eBay is the fourth event on October 6 at 10am.

The online marketplace connects sellers to buyers worldwide, including 22 million active users in the UK. 80% of products sold on the platform are new, and 86% are sold at a fixed price rather than auction. 58% of eBay’s sales are cross-border trade.

For more details of the events and to register visit

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