International Trade

Tell us what’s holding you back from thinking globally

3 min read

08 February 2018

Former editor

Whether it’s finding the right markets, currency volatility or economic uncertainty, we’d like to know what road blocks stand in the way of thinking globally and embracing international trade.

Despite becoming a more service-based island, Britain is still a nation full of builders, makers and traders. And with the rise of ecommerce and digital business, thinking globally should be a “when” not “if” for all ambitious companies.

However, issues such as Brexit and competition often deter would-be importers and exporters from thinking beyond their local markets – holding promising businesses back from scaling up to the next level.

That’s why Real Business is launching its latest survey, asking the question: “What is holding you back from thinking globally?” Whether you’re actively engaged with international trade or have never embarked upon it, we’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions.

The survey marks the beginning of an global trade-themed campaign, in partnership with international money transfer experts World First, which will also incorporate a webinar and roundtable – providing our audience of SMEs with some useful and inspiring advice on the subject of worldwide trade.

Take our five-minute survey and receive a free digital guide

Our questions should take you no longer than five minutes to complete and we’ll be pulling all of the results together at the end of March to share and bring to life through a number of mediums such as infographics and charts.

As a thank you for taking part, an exclusive digital guide on exporting and logistics will be available to download. Assembled by our experienced editorial team at Real Business, it looks at themes such as lean manufacturing, Brexit, the future of the supply chain and shines a light on inspiring case studies such as St Peter’s Brewery and Acorn Stairlifts.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are able to embrace international trade. It can account for five, 50 or 95 per cent of business and off the shelf products and services have never made it easy to start or scale-up this kind of trade.

Take our five-minute survey and receive a free digital guide

If you’d like some exporting inspiration, check out our case study interviews below: