A snapshot of what we’ve been up to the last two months…

St Patrick’s Day – 17/3/17

On the 17th of March, the TAEFL team were down in London to host an event with their strategic partners Clear Treasury in honour of St Patrick’s Day. The event took place at the Grange St Pauls Hotel with the title of ‘Implications for International Trade post Article 50’. Barry, MD of Clear Treasury and Mark Runiewicz, CEO of TAEFL wanted to talk through how the triggering of Article 50 would be affecting trade from both a Trade Finance and Foreign Exchange perspective. One of TAEFL’s clients talked about their experience of dealing internationally since Brexit started. It was really good to see attendees asking questions and sharing their experiences around the subject, giving a very positive feeling for the future of international trade.

GBCC Awards Evening – 30/3/17

Four of the staff at TAEFL donned fancy dresses or bow ties to attend the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) Awards evening. The reason for attending was that TAEFL had been shortlisted under the ‘Excellence in International Business’ category a month earlier. It was the first time some of the staff had attended the GBCC awards evening, or even heard of a ‘loyal toast’! The evening was a fantastic event celebrating the successes of the last year for Birmingham and looking forward to the continual progress despite the many challenges that SMEs, Birmingham, the UK and the world area are facing. The event was huge, with over 1,200 guests in attendance at the ICC and the room was tastefully decorated, topped off with a Diary Milk bar for each guest. It was interesting to hear the Chief Executive Paul Faulkner and the President, Paul Kehoe, give updates of what has happened and what their hopes are for Birmingham in the coming months. Gyles Brandreth kept everyone entertained for the evening, over £5,000 was raised for charity and there was an incredible performance by the Aston Performing Arts Academy.

Although TAEFL didn’t win the award at the event, it was a privilege to be a finalist and we are proud of the work that we have done over the last year. However, the best part of the evening was being able to meet, talk with and see the amount of people who are working in various ways to make the city of Birmingham a bigger, better, more cultured and welcoming place. There were charities making a difference, our airport is improving Birmingham’s international presence and hospitals gaining ‘outstanding’ status. At the end of the evening it really made us feel that Birmingham is one of biggest developing cities in the UK and made us proud to be one of the companies working towards helping the Midlands develop and become more successful and profitable. This has only been made possible by the passion that is felt by each individual worker in the region and is something that we should encourage and promote in our company and other companies around us.

The Trade Finance Show – 30/3/17

Mark, Mary and Nick were in London last month attending an event hosted by Informed Funding around Trade Finance. Mark gave a presentation about ‘How to finance the orders that you win’, trying to encourage SMEs present that it is possible to complete bigger orders with our help to buy the goods and Mark also hosted a panel with UK Export Finance. We are finding that many companies still aren’t aware of how Alternative Finance can benefit them, so a chance to explain how we can help is always welcomed. There were also one to one slots where attendees could spend 10 minutes talking with the team about a specific question or idea. We love talking to people so if you ever have any questions please give us a call!

The Institute of Export event – 4/4/17

For the first time the team went to Coventry to take part in an evening Institute of Export event. We started with a quiz on International Trade which resulted in some friendly disagreements and lots of laughs before moving on the topic of ‘The Crown, the Commonwealth and the Continents’ and what trade was looking like ‘here, over there and everywhere else’. The group that met at Coventry were a fantastic bunch of people with a huge amount of combined experience in International Trade with a lot of enthusiasm to engage with us and hear about how we were helping SMEs grow and fund larger orders. Although it was definitely not ‘fixed’, the three TAEFL ladies all won Easter eggs in the raffle to top the evening off!