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UK Trade & Export Finance Conference 2017

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Defining the next steps for UK exports.

The UK Trade & Export Finance Conference, the UK’s leading gathering of trade and export finance professionals, business heads and trade experts, took place at the Grange Tower Bridge, London on June 15. UK exporting was placed at the top of the agenda, with representatives from across UK industry sharing their experiences.

Supported by UK Export Finance, EEF, British Exporters Association, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), International Chamber of Commerce UK, Federation of Small Businesses and many more, this vital annual gathering assembled all parties involved in international trade who were able to discuss their priorities for the future.

Chairman for the day was Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, while Louis Taylor, CEO, UK Export Finance provided a keynote address. Speakers also included representatives from multinationals, SMEs and industry bodies including JCB, EEF, Honda Motor Europe, CBI, Raytheon, Brompton Bikes, Rolls Royce, Xtrac, GKN, Northern Lights and Heathrow Airport, to name a few.

With discussions centred around the crucial role of trade and exports in growing the UK economy, senior figures from business and government took to the stage in a series of addresses and debates, with audience participation and networking at the forefront of proceedings.

For UK companies looking to enter international markets, source financing to grow their exports, or gain expertise from market peers, this key annual gathering provided a perfect forum to build key relationships.



In the evening following the conference was the annual UK Export Excellence Awards ceremony and gala dinner, recognising the achievements of the UK’s exporters over the last year.

Judged by an independent panel of experts, these awards reward excellence in exporting across a range of sectors and regions. The winners of this year’s awards were presented with their trophies here.

Visit the UK Export Excellence Awards website for more information.

Check out the photos from both the conference and awards on our social media channels:

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Over 50 speakers, including:


Industry bodies & government

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister
  • Chris Walker, International Trade Policy Chair, Federation of Small Businesses; Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Hard Surfaces
  • Louis Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • George Nikolaidis, Senior Economist, EEF
  • Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform
  • Ben Digby, International Director, CBI
  • Graham Cole, Chairman, RVL Group & The Cole Review; Former Chairman, AgustaWestland


  • Philip Bouverat, Director, Global External Affairs, JCB
  • Chris Saunders, Director, Group External Relations, GKN
  • Nigel Milton, Director of Communications, Heathrow Airport
  • Andrew Riley, Chairman, Mechatherm
  • Stephen Lane, Finance Director, Xtrac
  • Nigel Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Innovation & Technology
  • Tim Brownstone, Chief Executive Officer, Kymira
  • Jonathan Lane, Sales Director, Arrow Solutions
  • Stephen Loftus, Chief Marketing Officer,Brompton Bikes
  • Shahid Mughal, Director, Innvotek
  • Chris Blackford, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Sky Futures
  • Nick Earlam, Chief Executive Officer, Plexus Cotton
  • Marcus Dolman, Assistant Vice President, ECA & Sales Finance, Rolls-Royce; BExA
  • Guto Davies, Managing Director, Sales & Project Finance, GE Capital; BExA
  • Nicholas Wrigley, Chief Executive Officer, Winch Energy Group
  • Ian Howells, Senior Vice-President, Honda Motor Europe
  • Richard Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Raytheon UK

Check out the list of registered companies here (as of June 12, 2017).

Address: The Grange Tower Bridge , London

Telephone/Fax: 020 7959 5000 / 020 7959 5100


“This should be a permanent fixture for all UK exporters. Whether a SME or large multinational the forum provides deep insight on the key issues and opportunities. Highly recommended.”

G Buck, GKB Ventures

“Interesting, informative, very useful and effective networking.”

S Alshukri, University of Liverpool

“The conference was extremely thought provoking and allowed me to make some very useful contacts, as well as being very well organised.”

J Ward, Corrotherm International

“Interesting topics and great networking.”

A Anderson, Koolmill Systems

“The conference was great, with very knowledgeable speakers.”

M Opute, FBN Bank

“Very useful. Great networking.”

T Norkett, AFEX

“Always a good learning experience.”

J Burbidge-King, Interchange

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