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Farnborough International Airshow – Set for Success

 

  • Over 98% of inside and outside exhibition space sold
  • 71%  International Participation
  • 22 international pavilions
  • Over 30% of direct exhibitors are new to FIA
  • 50% growth in commercial and civil delegation programme

Wednesday 22 June, 2016: Farnborough International announced new statistics today that indicate next month’s Farnborough International Airshow will exceed target and industry expectations.

The biennial showcase for the world of aviation takes place on 11th – 17th July 2016 is not

only expected to repeat the success of FIA14, but also reach new markets and territories. This is underpinned by an increase in international participation and for the first time Austria, Brazil, Republic of Ireland and South Korea all have dedicated country pavilions, bringing the international pavilions to 22.

China also has its first dedicated pavilion representing a 103% increase in footprint and a 98% increase in spend compared to the 2014 show. German participation has also doubled since 2014.

The show has increased its exhibition space footprint in 2016 from previous years and is over 98% sold out. Chalet space is exceeding expectation and there will be some fantastic new looks for Embraer, GE and SAAB to name but a few. Lockheed Martin will unveil their new permanent structure and there will be strong presence from the F-35 team. General Dynamics also make a welcome return to the Show.

Other exciting new additions for 2016 include a special Boeing pavilion celebrating their centenary which falls on the Friday of the show.

New exhibitor for 2016, Volga-Dnepr will joining the show by demonstrating their cargo handling capabilities in a dedicated Cargo Village.

The Civil and Commercial delegations programmes are exceeding expectations with 26 representative groups already confirmed from key and emerging markets.  The Military delegations programme will see a high level presence from over 45 countries.

Farnborough International Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said: “Our latest stats highlight that 2016 Farnborough International Airshow will be another fantastic show. I am looking forward to welcoming our new participants and delegations both international and those from closer to home. The new look chalets and new country pavilions go further to prove that FIA16 is the meeting place for the aerospace industry both for the defence and commercial sectors.”

Amanda went on to say “As well as the F-35 joint fighter strike, we are expecting more aircraft to debut at Farnborough this year. In fact we have more aircraft exhibiting than in recent shows, reflecting an up-beat mood in the industry.”

“In 2016 due to demand we have also significantly grown our first time exhibiter space and have a new dedicated SME lounge. Our meet the buyer programme has also extended by a day, which has been very received”

More details on the show can be found here.

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Business Secretary to launch preliminary trade talks with India

Source: BIS, 8th July 2016

Business Secretary Sajid Javid to start preliminary trade talks with India during a series of discussions in Delhi.

  • Business Secretary Sajid Javid will be in Delhi today (8 July 2016) where he will launch initial discussions on the UK’s future trade relationship with India
  • first in a series of visits to key trade partners the Business Secretary is expected to undertake across the globe
  • Business Secretary also confirms government will rapidly build its expertise on trade, with up to 300 specialist staff to be in place by year end

Business Secretary Sajid Javid will kick-off preliminary trade talks with India later today (8 July 2016) when he meets the Indian Finance and Commerce Ministers during a series of discussions in Delhi.

The Business Secretary will use meetings with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to outline his vision for what a future trade relationship between the UK and India might look like outside the EU.

It is the first in a series of trade meetings the Business Secretary will conduct over the coming months, which also is expected to include trips to the USA, China, Japan and South Korea.

The Business Secretary has also confirmed that to aid in discussions, the government plans to rapidly build its trade capability – up to 300 specialist staff, including new trade negotiators – by the end of the year.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Following the referendum result, my absolute priority is making sure theUK has the tools it needs to continue to compete on the global stage.

That is why I am in India today to launch these initial trade discussions. There is a strong bilateral trade relationship between our 2 countries and I am determined that we build on this.

Over the coming months, I will be conducting similar meetings with other key trade partners, outlining the government’s vision for what the UK’s future trade relationship might look like.

As part of the discussions, the Business Secretary is expected to make clear that he would like the UK and India to have a trade agreement in place as soon as possible after the UK leaves the EU.

The Business Secretary has also been speaking to British diplomats this week, urging them to utilise their expertise and meet with their governments and local investors to make clear the UK remains an open and viable trade partner.

Speaking at the FCO Leadership Conference on Tuesday (5 July 2016), the Business Secretary urged diplomats to make it known to their countries’ governments that the UK was looking to expand its options for trade deals.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Price has been in Hong Kong and China this week, attending the G20 trade ministers meeting in Shanghai and meeting key government and business representatives. This is part of the government’s engagement with key trade partners, reinforcing the UK’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and strengthening the economic relationship between the countries.

Alongside visiting Delhi, the Business Secretary will also be in Mumbai where he will meet senior Tata Group board members to discuss the ongoing sale of their UK steelmaking assets.

Notes to editors:

  1. India and the UK have always had traditionally close trade ties: the UK is the largest G20 investor in India, while India invests more in the UK than the rest of the European Union combined. India has also emerged as the third largest source of FDI for the UK.
  2. Last year, bilateral trade in goods and services between the 2 countries was £16.55 billion (in goods was £11.43 billion while trade in services was £5.11 billion)
  3. According to the government of India data, the UK is the third largest investor in India for the period April 2000 to September 2015, with cumulative inflows of $22.5 billion.
  4. In 2014 to 2015, the UK won a record number of investment projects and is India’s top investment destination in Europe. India is also Britain’s third biggest job creator in 2014, with a 65% increase in FDI.
  5. A new industry report by CII and Grant Thornton tracking Indian companies based in the UK has revealed that many of them are boosting growth rates in the country, registering a combined increase in revenue of £4 billion: from £22 billion in 2014 to £26 billion in 2015.
  6. According to London and Partners in 2015 Indians also become the second biggest job creators in London. Indian companies created 504 new jobs this year in London alone – second only to the Americans who created 1983 jobs.
  7. In 2014 to 2015 Indian investments in 122 FDI projects created 7,730 new jobs and safeguarded 1,620 jobs in UK.
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Sheffield looks to China for Investment

Sheffield is to forge closer links with China in a bid to create jobs and encourage long-term economic security.

Council leader Julie Dore and deputy leader Leigh Bramall are currently in China with a trade delegation speaking to businesses about potential investments in the city.

Mr Wang, Chairman of the Board and President of Sichuan Guodong Construction Co, with Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council deputy leader, in October

It follows an announcement in October that the council had agreed in principle a major deal with a giant Chinese construction firm to fund future investment in Sheffield.

Council chief executive John Mothersole said today that despite the ‘unprecedented’ changes that will come from leaving the EU, ‘momentum is good’ in terms of building Sheffield’s relationship with Chinese firms.

A delegation including council leader Julie Dore and deputy leader Leigh Bramall is currently in Asia hoping to negotiate a series of deals that will secure jobs and investment in Sheffield.

Council bosses told The Star today that despite the economic uncertainty being caused by Britain leaving the EU, they are confident ‘strong’ relationships with Chinese firms will continue to be developed.

The group arrived in Asia last week, but the discussions are now being seen as even more vital following the referendum result.

John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield Council, said: “The referendum decision is a long term change and is unprecedented.

“We will clearly keep an eye on all our positions that may be affected, but as far as China is concerned we carry on. Our relationships are strong and the momentum is good.”

Coun Bramall added: “We believe that on balance it was preferential to remain in the EU, but this is a complex issue, as the referendum result reflected.

“We need time to work out the impact on Sheffield so we can ensure we continue to be a successful city outside of the EU.

“Sheffield is increasingly focused on maximising opportunities through key international partners including China.

“That’s why we are out here at the moment, negotiating vital investment opportunities and jobs for Sheffield.”

The council trade delegation has been in Sheffield’s sister city of Chengdu and have been involved in discussions with local government and business leaders.

It follows an announcement in October that Sheffield Council had agreed an investment deal in principle with the Sichuan Guodong Construction Company.

The ‘long-term strategic alliance’ is yet to be finalised but is expected to involve the company, which is worth over £1bn, providing money for a number of investment projects in Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region. One project already under way in the city is the £65m ‘Chinatown’ development between St Mary’s Gate, Bramall Lane and Sheldon Street. Construction is well under way on the a 20-storey scheme featuring shops, food and drink outlets, student flats and office space that is funded by Chinese investors.

The student flats element is expected to be home to some of the 4,000 Chinese students who attend the University of Sheffield.

It comes as Sheffield plans to host a major business conference with Chinese business leaders next year.

A meeting of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority was told this week of plans to host the ‘internationally significant’ Horasis Business Conference in South Yorkshire in November 2017. A board paper said the event – which is being hosted in Switzerland this year – is the ‘foremost annual gathering of Chinese business leaders and their global counterparts.’

Around 300 people, including 150 senior Chinese businessmen, are expected to attend the conference.

The report stated: “As part of the planning process for the conference it will be important to consider how to create and maximise the legacy of hosting this event – in particular, how this can be used as a springboard for business development within the City Region.”

Richard Wright, the executive director of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said time will tell on how potential deals with Chinese companies are affected by the EU referendum.

“Dealing with China or even anyone else in the Far East is very important,” he said. “What happens to investment depends on the reason they are here. If they are using it as a springboard to Europe, there will obviously be areas of concern.”

But he said there will also be Chinese firms looking to invest in Sheffield for ‘specific knowledge or skills’.

“It will depend on what the investors are looking to us for,” he said.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said he hoped the council delegation’s efforts in China will be successful but warned that the economic uncertainty caused by the Leave vote may discourage investors.

He said: “The issue that is going to have to be resolved is how do other countries outside the EU view a UK which belongs outside the EU community?

“What they want is access to the EU markets. 
That will be a key issue for our negotiations with the EU. We have just got to try and convince people the UK is a good place to come and 
invest.”

Source: Chris Burn, Sheffield Star, 27th June 2016

 

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Sheffield City Region Visit to IFB2016

IFB2016: The world’s biggest Business Festival

Discover opportunities for your business at IFB2016

What is IFB2016?

Three themed weeks, 13th – 1st July 2016 of business opportunities, over 75 events, with approximately 85 International delegations, 40 000 delegates, including 10 000 International visitors in one place at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. Aimed at companies of all sizes; Start-ups, SMEs and Blue Chip companies alike.

Your opportunity to participate in a mini-trip to IFB2016

The International Trade Forum in partnership with the Sheffield City Region will be taking 3 groups to IFB2016 on the following dates:

  • 14th/15th June – Manufacturing Week, including Made in Britain – Loved by the World, Food & Drink, ASEAN Manufacturing, HSBC Trade Exchange (Asia, China and North America)
  • 21st/22nd June – Energy and Environment, including Oil & Gas, UK Automotive Supply Chain, UK Trade & Export Finance, UK ASEAN Energy & Environment Opportunities
  • 28th/29th June – Creative and Digital, including Gateway to the Asian Music Market, Financing Collaborative R&D, Innovate ASEAN

The aforementioned is just a selection of events taking place during those days, for a full schedule and further details of above events please visit IFB Events Schedule.

Why should you attend?

  • Join the IFB2016 Business Club to gain FREE access to the event and for the business match-making appointments
  • Cutting edge events, inspirational speakers, conferences, seminars and showcases
  • Meet the Experts
  • Meet your Future Deal: the world’s biggest ‘Meet the Buyer’ event
  • Meet your Specialist Advisor: free one-to-one appointments with leading industry experts, offering bespoke advice
  • Learn from the Best.

Funding Available for SMEs

Under the ‘Travel to Trade’ Programme, funding is available for SME businesses that meet the following eligible criteria and are visiting from outside of the Liverpool City Region.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an SME
  • Must join the IFB Business Club
  • Export for the First Time
  • Expand to a New Market
  • Must attend at least one pre-booked event
  • Must attend at least one face-to-face appointment made via IFB2016 Business Club

For further information or to apply to participate in the ‘Travel to Trade’ activity, please reply by return email or contact Renate Halton, International Trade Forum, e: r.halton@intradeforum.co.uk.

Please raise awareness of this activity and share the information with companies who you think might have an interest in the visit and/or IFB2016

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Recognition as a female exporter in engineering: Success begins with just one step – Anne Wilson MBE, Managing Director of Numill

Source: Womanthology

Anne-Wilson MBE of Numill
Anne Wilson MBE is Managing Director of Numill, a Sheffield-based engineering company engaged in the repair and manufacturing of cutting tools, serving industries including high precision automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, rail and general engineering. The company is an experienced exporter, with half of the company’s repairs service made up of export sales. Anne bought Numill in a management buyout following a career change from banking to engineering after she pursued a degree in Management and a postgraduate qualification in Strategic Management.

Business is GREAT: Anne Wilson, Numill

Anne Wilson

“…I am not unique and I’m one of many female entrepreneurs already travelling the world for work and business. I would encourage anyone to get out there and take that first step. My first venture out of Europe on my own was to fly to Bangkok and Singapore. It was an exhilarating experience…”

Shocked, surprised and humbled to have been awarded an MBE

Anne-Wilson of Numill MBE at her Investiture

Anne at her investiture

I was recently shocked, surprised and very humbled to find out I had been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. The citation read – “Services to Engineering in Yorkshire”.Numill is a Yorkshire based company located in Sheffield – a manufacturing heartland of which I am extremely proud. Being ‘born and bred’ in the region is, as they say, something to be proud of.

My career to date

My background is banking and finance, starting out as a junior cashier in the chief cashier’s office before joining Midland Bank (HSBC) in 1976 as part of the team employed to bring some of the bank’s international services to the city. Following a period of maternity leave and the quite sudden death of my mum in 1988, I left the bank. At that time it was ‘full time or no time’ and there were no women managers in the bank and little sign of aspiring to be one any time soon.

A period of part time posts – still in financial institutions – followed before taking up a position with a local company specialising in welding equipment to look after their accounting function and payroll etc.

Losing my father: A catalytic effect

Losing my father to become a 40 year old orphan had a catalytic effect. I needed to do more and put the time I had been spending with Dad to good use so it wasn’t wasted. I went back to college to do an accounting qualification to ratify my knowledge for future employers. I also decided on a career move to help me achieve more of my potential. There were a scary few months in there as I didn’t settle in a big organisation fraught with bureaucracy over sense. I answered a newspaper advert – “Book keeper required – Apply box…”

This turned out to be Numill – a precision engineering company. I got the job, worked alongside the person who was due to retire in a few weeks and then made the job my own. I gradually expanded the role to take on the day-to-day management of a small business encompassing everything from petty cash to balance sheet and everything in between such as H.R., health and safety, along with other statutory requirements.

From hypothetical to real life management buyout

Education was still a big motivator for me. Following success of becoming an ACCA ccounting Technician, I embarked on a Management degree supported by my boss and subsequently a post graduate qualification in Strategic Management. My dissertation at strategic level was: “Passing the Baton – Management Buyout of Numill Ltd”. Hypothetical at the time (2004), but then I bought it to become sole director and shareholder in 2006. It’s my 10th year this year which is amazing!

A niche, value adding service for a client base that includes some of the world’s most prestigious companies

Anne-Wilson-with-her-Institute-of-Enterprise-and-Entrepreneurs-Award

Anne with her Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs Award

Numill has a niche, value adding, service to offer clients involved in manufacturing things from metal and other materials. We work with our customers across all sectors but mainly described as the “Big Four” – automotive, energy, rail and aerospace. Our client base includes some of the world’s most prestigious companies – Ford, Renault, Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, Cummins, JCB, Progress Rail and David Brown amongst many more both in the UK and through our export distribution networks.

Our export network is predominantly European at present but with a footprint in South East Asia and a new venture in progress in Turkey.

Repairing and manufacturing cutting tools for industry

Numill’s service includes both the repair and manufacture of cutting tools for industry. Our manufacturing service concentrates on bespoke tooling and small batch work. However, our capability covers much more than this with the expertise to produce components, machine parts and offer sub-contract machining and turning services.

The repairs service – or to use the terminology for the Government’s new initiative – “remanufacturing of cutting tools” – enables customers to have damaged and worn tooling repaired, giving 100% of the capability of a new tool, often at a fraction of the cost. Customers can benefit from significant savings but in the knowledge that they are getting a quality service from Numill. The environmental benefits are also significant as there is less waste created whilst protecting finite metal resources.

Our export profile

Numill-apprentice-Abi

Numill’s apprentice, Abi, learning on the job

Numill has been exporting for many years with 18% of turnover going overseas prior to me joining. When I bought the company it rose to 24% following initiatives I had put in place. Prior to the recession in Europe our export had risen to 40%. After the severe European slump the average is now increasing once more to around 30%. Numill has a strong brand in Europe and is known for service and quality. These are the messages we intend to take in to new markets.

Support from UKTI

I have worked with UKTI [UK Trade & Investment] since 2010 on programmes involving dedicated visits to countries in South East Asia including Thailand for an exhibition, Singapore and Malaysia. Although UKTI has suffered budget contractions there has been support available with signposting, knowledge and subvention to assist with travel to new markets. Last year I joined a Trade Mission to Turkey organised by International Trade Forum, a peer to peer export networking group based in Sheffield.

This trip was supported by UKTI enabling me to visit a new country of interest to us. The strong automotive industry makes Turkey an ideal target for market entry. We now have contact with an agent who is promoting Numill’s services.

Tool trials have been completed with further marketing and research being conducted with the help of Sheffield Hallam University and its Venture Matrix programme, where students work on real life projects using their skills. I am currently working with a Ph.D. student who is taking the research into greater depth for us with market surveys and mapping of potential targets.

Entry into new markets – a slow burn built on relationships

Entry into new markets can be a very slow burn as it is important to make contact, build relationships and embed your services with integrity. If you ask any exporter what the key is, the majority will say ‘relationships’ every time.

I am not unique and I’m one of many female entrepreneurs already travelling the world for work and business. I would encourage anyone to get out there and take that first step. My first venture out of Europe on my own was to fly to Bangkok and Singapore. It was an exhilarating experience to be sat in the boardroom of a Singaporean company with the M.D. and seven of his best engineers, and being told to ‘begin’ my presentation. I knew my subject and walked from there with my head held high.

Success begins with just one step

Anne Wilson of Numill with the Duke of Cambridge at her investiture

Anne with the Duke of Cambridge at her investiture

Do your research on the market and culture. Always be aware of your own safety but do not let it stop you. Success begins with just one step!

Numill has been through a significant restructure recently to ensure we are stronger for the future. My ‘goals board’ now has a strategy through to 2020 with target markets, clients and industries.

When I bought Numill I said I’d give it 15 years. Now in my 10th anniversary year, I am so excited by what the future holds I still want to give it 15 years.

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International Trade Forum: Focus on the US

The US is the UK’s top export destination and is ranked the fourth easiest country to do business with and offers opportunities for UK companies.

Why the US – Market Entry Routes –  Understanding Americans – The US Media Landscape: PR –  Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Support Available – Local Connections

Speakers

Paul Snape, Great British Marketing –  Specialist US marketing and business development expertise – Marketing in the US

Dorrien Peters, Partner, Irwin Mitchell – Commercial litigation and dispute resolution – Risks when trading in the US

Gordon Macrae, Special Projects Manager, Gripple, Queen’s Award Winner 2016: International Trade – Market Research – Market Entry – Market Success

ITF members will share their experiences in market entry, successes and challenges

For further information please contact the International Trade Forum

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TTIP: Separating myth from fact

Source: BIS

This weekend (23 and 24 April 2016) US President Barack Obama has been speaking about progress on concluding negotiations on the EU-US free trade agreement, otherwise known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Here are some key facts about the trade deal.

TTIP – what is it?

TTIP is a major EUUS free trade agreement that aims to boost trade and investment between the 2 economies, and could inject up to £10 billion into the UK economy. The EUUS free trade deal will reduce the cost to business of different regulations and standards by promoting greater compatibility, whilst maintaining our high levels of health, safety, labour and environmental standards.

What are the benefits for individuals?

Shoppers can expect to see a wider choice of products available both online and on the high street, and individuals will likely see an increase in their wages. It has been predicted that the average household will benefit by up to £400 per year.

Surely this is just for big business?

That’s not true, in fact small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) stand to gain the most from the TTIP. More than 99% of all businesses in the US andEU are SMEs. Currently, they are hit the hardest by barriers to trade between the EU and US and will often not have the time or money to navigate the different rules and regulations required to operate in the US.

Removing unnecessary barriers to trade and improving regulatory co-operation will save SMEs both time and money as there will be less red tape for them to contend with.

TTIP will lower standards?

This agreement is not about deregulation or lowering standards. The EUUSfree trade agreement will not remove or lower health, safety, environmental or labour standards. This deal will not give the EU or US the power to change each other’s regulations, including EU restrictions on genetically modified foods. Nor will the deal prevent either the EU or the US from introducing new environmental and low carbon legislation.

What this deal will do is dramatically decrease the costs for British businesses exporting to the US, whilst ensuring our standards and the benefits of regulation are in no way compromised.

This deal is a threat to the UK’s public services?

It’s a common misconception that TTIP will threaten some of our public services. The government has always been clear that protecting our public services is of the utmost importance for the UK and this will not be compromised for gains in any other part of the TTIP deal.

There are safeguards in place – in both this and previous trade deals – that achieve this protection.

TTIP is a threat to democracy – big businesses will be able to sue the government and overturn UK laws?

There is a misunderstanding that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a threat to our democracy. The purpose of investment provisions is to protect small and big businesses, individuals and pension funds from discriminatory or unfair treatment by a state. They are not about allowing foreign businesses to sue governments that pass laws which affect profits. The UK has over 90 bilateral investment treaties with other countries and, to date, there has not been a single successful ISDS case brought against the UK, nor has the threat of potential claims affected the government’s legislative programme.

For more information and to keep up to date on the progress of negotiations, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/index_en.htm.

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Overseas Businesses Sign Up To IFB2016

Overseas businesses sign up to IFB2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

The International Festival of Business 2016 (IFB2016), which aims to attract thousands of delegates from around the world to Liverpool, has confirmed the attendance of more than 300 overseas companies.

The event, which will bring together approximately 30,000 international visitors, will be held at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool from 13 June to 1 July.

It is estimated that 60 per cent of the attendees will be from the US, Europe and China, which are key regions for export and investment and are believed to present a wealth of opportunities to British companies.

Chris Heyes (pictured), head of international at IFB2016, said: “The number of delegations that are coming to IFB2016 with a keen interest in forging links with British SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs is a true testament to the significance of this festival.

“There will be deals struck, relationships formed and business plans put in place that could mean every UK business who is getting involved with IFB2016 will trade with every continent in the world.”

Source: Karishma Patel, Insider, 18th April 2016

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Free trade zones in Turkey: what are the advantages?

What is a Free Trade Zone?

Free trade zones are special sites that, although located within the political borders of a country, are legally considered to be outside of its customs area. Goods that enter the borders of a free trade zone in a given country are outside of this country’s customs borders and are not subject to its financial and economic regulations.

Briefly put, free trade zones are designed to offer a business climate that makes commercial and industrial activities easier to conduct than in other parts of the country.

FTZs in Turkey

There currently are 20 FTZs in Turkey (19 of which are operational). These are situated close to the EU and Middle Eastern markets, major Turkish ports on along the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas and the offer easy access to major international trade routes.

Please click here for an interactive map with links to each Turkish FTZ’s website (you will need to select “FZs” on the “Key Locations/Sites & Facilities” menu on the right hand side of the map).


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Advantages & incentives offerd by FTZs in Turkey
Monetary advantages
  • Exemption from corporate income tax: Manufacturing companies are 100% exempt from corporate tax over their profits (the regular corporate tax rate in Turkey is 20%),
  • Free transfer of profits: profits generated at free zone can be transferred to Turkey or to other countries without the need for any permission,
  • Income tax exemption over salaries: Manufacturing companies are 100% exempt from income tax over the salaries of their employees if they sell minimum 85% of their production abroad (the regular income tax rate over salaries in Turkey is between 15% to 35%).
Customs-related exemptions & benefits
  • Since free zones are legally outside the customs borders of Turkey, custom related taxes and regulations are not applicable to goods entering the zones (Value-Added Tax (VAT), customs duties, Resource Utilization Support Fund tax (RUSF, normally 6%),
  • Companies can decrease their costs by keeping their stocks in a tax-free environment and/or basing their re-exports, transit trade, packaging, labeling and other similar operations within free trade zones.
One Stop Service
  • 2nd hand machinery can be imported freely in to FTZs with no age limitation,
  • Free circulation of goods within the EU Market,
  • Lower construction and infrastructure service costs (exempt from VAT),
  • 100% foreign investment is allowed, without any requirement for minimum capital,
  • Bookkeeping and accounting can be done in foreign currency,
  • Sales to domestic market is allowed,
  • Easy to get work permits for expatriate employees,
  • Stocks can be kept in FTZsduty-free for an unlimited period of time.
An example: The European Free Zone

BCCT member European Free Zone Founder and Operator Co. (EFZ) / Avrupa Serbest Bölgesi (ASB) is a Free Trade Zone that includes a multi-sectoral industrial site and finds appropriate solutions for the requirements of all its investors. Established in 1999, it is located in the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ on an area covering 2 million m2 of land (click here for map).

More than 150 companies from all over the world – such as 3M, Foxconn, Polyplex Resisns, Indorama, Bekaert Textile, Flamaerotec and MTU Motor have invested into the European Free Zone, where 4,000 people are currently employed.

In 2015 the trade volume generated in EFZ was 2.5 billion USD, making it 4th among the existing 19 free zones in Turkey.

Lands with ready infrastructure, warehouses, production units, offices and open stock areas are ready for the companies who want to start their activities for benefiting the advantages and incentives at below.

For further information and examples please visit the BCCT website here


 

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Connecting the Dots in Foreign Markets: Turkey

Turkey is a country that offers opportunities in a wide variety of industries, capabilities and regional business knowledge and experience; this level of diversity has stimulated considerable interest for UK businesses in one of the fastest growing emerging market economies. The headroom for growth supported by strong fundamentals; dynamic demographics, growing middle class, high net wealth, strong and well established private sector, well-regulated and highly developed Banking sector, is considerable and offers major opportunities for British exporters and investors.

Sectors such as Construction, Healthcare, ICT, Energy, Automotive, Finance and Consumer Goods are only a few of the many sectors which offer especially high levels of potential for UK companies. UK companies within these sectors are actively seeking opportunities and cooperation to invest, establish distribution networks and find strategic partners which cover not only Turkey but the region.


The British Chamber of Commerce Turkey is an organization established over a century ago with the aim of supporting British business in Turkey and has been strategic partners with UK Trade & Investment since 2013. For the past 3 years, BCCT has been an active player for making it easier for UK companies to do business in Turkey by welcoming trade delegations and individual companies from UK’s various regions to Turkey and organising major events and activities to support this aim.

BCCT provides British companies with the tools to turn potential into business transactions during their visits to Turkey by preparing tailored market reports, carrying out business partner research projects and setting up meetings and networking events for visiting business people to interact with Turkish counterparts in industries of interest.

One of BCCT’s most successful activities is the organisation of 1−2−1 meetings where UK representatives and trade mission delegates can talk to potential Turkish business partners of interest. This is the one activity that generates the highest number of concrete business deals. Once these parties engage, BCCT stays in touch with both to ensure follow up and ongoing support for companies to successfully complete their market entry.

Welcoming delegations, helping company representatives in a market that is new for them, and making sure their market visit runs smoothly stand out as the core capabilities within BCCT’s service provision.


In 2015, BCCT has welcomed 7 UK trade missions in cooperation with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Morning briefings, B2B speed meetings, networking receptions, and further customised services were all designed to deliver the best possible potential to lead UK companies and their newly found local partners to successful outcomes.

On average, BCCT interacts with around 42 UK-based companies per month. Last year, it provided more than 500 tailored business services including market research, partner search, market visits, meeting arrangements, PR Support and event management.

The top ten sectors during the last year from which UK clients engaged with BCCT to benefit from its services were engineering, education and training, environmental , renewable and sustainability, chemicals, construction, healthcare and medical ‚legal and financial services, consumer goods, and infrastructure.

During the same period, around a third of BCCT’s UK clients were returning clients who have chosen to continue working with BCCT’s Business Services Team as a result of previous successful and productive interactions.

Are you interested in finding out whether Turkey is a market for you? Do you need answers to questions on how to best reap Turkey’s potential as a foreign market for your goods and services? Maybe you are planning a market visit? Then BCCT is among the first places you should get in touch with.

Source: BCCT  Newsletter, 4 April 2016

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