As all sectors try to ascertain what the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU might mean for them, it seems that there are likely to be shifts in the trading activities of UK companies. Whether that be taking advantage of a weak pound, or identifying new customers or suppliers beyond Europe, international trading opportunities and risks are high on the agenda.
The fourth Manchester Innovation Forum, convened by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Thursday 17 November. The Forum will consider how companies in Manchester might embrace innovative practices in developing their international business, and how they can sell their innovative products and services to overseas partners and customers.
Olli Kuivalainen, recently appointed Professor of International Business and Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School, will be joined by speakers and guests from businesses across the North West, including Paul Hennessey, Oil, Gas & Energy Business Manager at atg UV Technology. Professor Kuivalainen explains, ‘Innovative businesses are attractive partners and have much to offer international customers. I am looking forward to meeting Manchester businesses who are already trading internationally, and those who are just getting started.’
The Manchester Innovation Forum has been set up to provide a platform for engagement between the business community in the region and the research excellence of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. ‘Bringing together academia and business is crucial,’ says Head of the Alliance Manchester Business School , Fiona Devine. ‘This initiative by the Chamber and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research provides a really valuable space for the Business School to connect with companies across Manchester, and helps us understand better how our research might impact on and benefit from the experiences of local businesses.’ Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, is equally enthusiastic; ‘Focusing on innovation allows us to discuss with our members what is distinctive about their businesses, and working with the Institute, we can identify ways to support them in taking forward new ideas and practices.’
The Innovation Forum takes place at the Chamber’s office at Elliot House on Deansgate from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday 17 November.