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Brexit over breakfast with the International Trade Club

Brexit and the threat of global terrorism were among the hot topics discussed at the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Club breakfast meeting earlier this month.

Senior Lecturer at the York Management School, Simon Mollan, outlined three potential scenarios for Brexit: hard, soft, and limbo — and what these might mean for businesses in the region.  This inspired some heated discussion, especially the limbo option, from those delegates in the room who are already dealing with the consequences of the Brexit vote.

Louise Green, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor for Lancashire Constabulary, discussed the current terrorist threat level focussing on both international terrorism and domestic extremism.  She explained that the threat still exists (and may become heightened) from Northern Ireland and Sinn Fein, also animal rights and environmental campaigners such as antifracking.  Louise introduced Project Griffin which provides support to businesses and training for employees.

Andrew Turner, Managing Director of composite tube makers Langtec Limited, based in Altham shared some of the experiences, pitfalls and success he has faced in the export market.  He spoke in particular about attending and exhibiting at trade shows, and how to make an impression on a small budget.  His latest novelty is branded paper planes which have (gone down a storm... I’m sure you can think of a suitable expression!).... and his cycling bar crawls which have become legend.

The breakfast meeting took place at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa and was attended by over 50 delegates, all of whom are actively involved in international trade.  Run by the International Trade team of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by accountants and business advisers Cassons, the International Trade Club helps importers and exporters develop their knowledge of current issues and share experiences with fellow members.

International Trade officer Marie White said: “One of the key purposes of the of the international trade club is to discuss important aspects of international trade and current issues and gain insight from key speakers. Clearly Brexit and terrorism represent two of the challenges for all our members and we are delighted to have secured the services of two highly respected speakers to discuss these topics.”

Les Nutter, managing partner at Cassons, added: “These breakfast events are an invaluable source of up to the minute information. We recommend them to any businesses serious about exporting.”

The next event is the 2017 International Trade Awards and Gala Luncheon which will celebrate 60 years of the International Trade Club.   Entertainment will be provided by former Air Traffic Controller Phil Holt who gives an insight into this pressurised world.  Entries are open now for the 2017 International Trade Awards.

For more information on the International Trade Club contact 01254 3564 and speak to Marie White or another of the team, alternatively email

Brexit over breakfast with the International Trade Club

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