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Putting all our efforts into funding a very good cause

In keeping with tradition, the Trade and Export Finance team has registered again for the Great Midlands Fun Run on June 4. For the last 5 years, Mark and the team have taken part in the event in Sutton Coldfield, raising money for different charities. This year the charity is KidsOut, which gives disadvantaged children positive experiences in order to help and support them as they become future members of society and the workplace.  More >>


What we have been doing in the past two months

Back on the 17th of March, the TAEFL team was 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 Grande St Pauls Hotel with the title of ‘Implications for International Trade post Article 50’.   Then it was on to the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce  Awards on the 30th of March.  TAEFL had been shortlisted under the ‘Excellence in International Business’ category.   More >>


TAEFL launches a £1 million tooling fund

In order to help SMEs who are in the manufacturing industry, TAEFL launched a £1M tooling fund on September 14 at its breakfast seminar with two other companies which also have tooling funds based on different criteria. The TAEFL fund will be open to all UK manufacturers but is targeted primarily at the automotive industry. The funding will allow manufacturers to complete their tooling line and start production without waiting to source the funds required.   More >>


Developing crisis in container shipping

The shipping industry was rocked on the last day of August with the news that the world’s seventh largest container line, Hanjin Shipping, had filed in South Korea for court protection from its creditors. That move followed the breakdown in negotiations with creditors to implement a debt-restructuring programme. We assess the potential implications for manufacturers and importers of finished goods in the run up to Christmas.  More >>


Informed Funding creates level playing field for finance

Informed Funding was launched into the financial arena to increase knowledge and awareness of what is on offer from across the spectrum of funders. This covers everything from crowd-funded equity, through the alternative banking sector and private equity, to peer-to-peer lending and more specialised trade finance institutions.  It was established as a channel readily accessible to the smaller business community which has the greatest demand for quality information. More >>


TAEFL partners GetSet for Growth

GetSet for Growth is one of the more recent players to become involved in advising SMEs how to develop their operations and point them in the direction of finance appropriate to their needs. It  was awarded five delivery contracts from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to boost the prospects of SMEs. One of the regions is the West Midlands and therefore of particular interest to Trade & Export Finance and its clients.  More >>


Twice-yearly Going Global event keeps 3,500 visitors up to speed

The highly successful Going Global returns to the ExCeL, in London Docklands, on the 11th and 12th of May. It is a one-stop marketplace for company owners and directors who are looking for key suppliers and guidance to help grow their business internationally, whether by exporting products or setting up overseas operations. Trade & Export Finance can recommend the event to any business owner looking to ‘go global’.  More >>


Charity of the Year: Breast Cancer Care

Every 10 minutes someone in the UK hears the devastating news that they have breast cancer. The confusion and fear that this causes will be felt not just by the person diagnosed, but by their family and friends too. TAEFL has chosen to support Breast Cancer Care  as its Charity of the Year and will be using a combination of events throughout the year to raise funds for this hugely important organisation.  More >>


Client of the Year: Armadillio Marketing

A client of Trade & Export Finance for almost two years, Armadillo LED has developed a relationship with TAEFL and its associated finance specialist UK EXIM that has helped the business realise sales opportunities that it would have been difficult to exploit. Based in Essex, in the market town of Great Dunmow, Armadillo LED is part of Armadillo Marketing, which traces its history back 20 years to the earliest days of using light-emitting diode devices in mainstream commercial applications.  More >>


Exporter of the Year: Aviramp Ltd

Aviramp, an engineering company based in Telford in Shropshire, won the Exporter of the Year award for its success in identifying a business requirement, meeting the technical challenges it created, and then selling that solution in the UK and internationally. It builds ramps for the aviation industry – but a more detailed examination reveals why the business is distinctive and has a guaranteed future in exports. More >>


Deal of the Year: Interior Classics (Projects)

Interior Classics (Projects) – ICP for short – was the winner of the Deal of the Year Award. Through the company’s involvement with Trade & Export Finance and its finance specialist UK EXIM Finance Ltd, ICP has been able to accept and progress a continuous stream of new business in the market that it serves. ICP plays an important role in supporting sales of specialised residential property. Interior styling can make all the difference between a new-build being sold before the paint has dried, and remaining (expensively) on the developer’s books for months.  More >>


TAEFL launches £1m fund at Going Global 2015

Trade & Export Finance Ltd (TAEFL) has established a new £1 million fund to help SMEs finance the purchase of goods and materials they require to meet confirmed export orders. Reports from the SME community regularly identify this funding gap as the most serious obstacle to fulfilling hard-won orders. More >>


Mark Runiewicz of TAEFL is speaking twice at Going Global

The ‘Going Global’ banner above the doors of London Olympia in early December will leave visitors in no doubt that the event is a spotlight on the world of exporting. Without limit on the target markets or product sets which the exhibition and conference encompass, the organisers have set out to create a brand that appeals to the broadest demographic; providing a commercial boost to a UK export market targeted to reach £1 trillion a year by 2020. If they have done their visitor marketing correctly and attracted stand holders from across the spectrum of export services, they have the basis for an event that will become a long-term fixture in the export calendar. More >>

Exporting manufactured goods

Financing Exports – When the Computer says “No”

Trade & Export Finance (TAEFL) is supporting UK Trade and Investment’s Export Week.  TAEFL will be mounting a lunch time event at its Aston HQ where guests will have the opportunity to learn how to finance exports-when the computer says “no!”  Scheduled to speak at the event is our  CEO Mark Runiewicz as well as a cross section of our exporting clients. Mark is passionate about supporting SMEs and in particular has a keen focus on encouraging exports. He has written books on international trade, lectured on financing exports and given evidence to a House of Lords Committee on exporting in the SME community and how we can increase international trade in the UK.  More >>

Office Opening

TAEFL head office now ‘officially’ open

There are Openings and there are Official Openings. Trade & Export Finance completed the first of these after Easter, as we reported in the April-May 2015 edition of this newsletter. That opening was an intentionally low key affair, with the whole team tasked with ensuring seamless continuity of services to the group’s expanding client base. They succeeded. The Official Opening of the offices on July 21 was an altogether different milestone. It was an opportunity for the group – TAEFL, UK EXIM and UK EXIM Finance, along with Funding Your Business – to set down markers for those businesses; a chance to highlight the specialised services which the group provides in support of well-run Micro Enterprises, SMEs and MidCap companies. More >>

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