‘Think big and go global’

Kim Conchie
Kim Conchie

Businesses of all sizes and descriptions throughout Cornwall are being invited to think big and go global at a free conference being held at Healeys Cyder Farm, near Newquay, next week.

The speaker line-up includes local entrepreneurs Jodine Boothby, founder of teething specialist business Gummee; Headforwards director Toby Parkins; Will Coleman, the man behind the hugely successful Man Engine; Jonathon Jones, MD of Tregothnan Teas; Jules Aldred, founder of Rockfish Wellies; Marc Ward, MD of Fat Willy’s Surf Shack and Rodda’s export executive, Julian Hughes.

Joining them will be Department of Farming and Rural Affairs Minister George Eustice, who will deliver the day’s keynote speech; Stewart Ferguson, head of rResearch at the China-Britain Business Council; Miles Carden from Cornwall’s Aerohub; international trade consultant Linda Middleton-Jones; Barclays senior international manager Martin Preater; London Heathrow’s head of cargo Nick Platts and representatives from the Department for International Trade, Cornwall Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and foreign currency specialist, TorFX.

The day-long event is being divided into two halves: breakfast and the morning sessions, which will primarily focus on businesses that are already trading beyond Cornish borders and lunch and the afternoon sessions, which are aimed at those who need help getting started. Delegates can also choose to make the most of the sessions on offer and stay all day.

“This conference is the first of its kind in the county,” said Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie. “Selling abroad – or even over the Tamar – isn’t just about goods and products, it’s about services and concepts too.

“If you’ve got a website, you’ve got a global presence anyway, so this event is all about looking beyond local and regional markets and thinking bigger. It’s a great opportunity and we’re delighted with the interest it’s getting.”

Attendance at the seminars is free. The cost of either breakfast or lunch is £25. For more details and to book, click here.