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London Tech Week: Growing a tech business in the UK – from the people who know what it takes

Want to learn how to avoid the pitfalls of international trade? Then this is the event for you.

Following on the success and demand of previous years’, JMB and Partners are hosting an informative event during London Tech Week that will provide you with opportunity to learn from industry professionals and peers on how to maximise opportunities whilst avoiding the pitfalls of growing or launching a UK business.

Date & Time

Wednesday 14th June
10:30 – 13:00

Event location

Central London – exact venue TBC

Be inspired by people who have successfully grown tech businesses in the UK

The event will provide tech businesses from any sector and country of origin with a rare opportunity to learn from and network with their peers and industry professionals. It’s the ideal event for any international company looking to start doing, or growing their business in London.

DIT’s Technology Specialist, Chris Moore will moderate a panel which includes Salim Ziade from Dubai, Co-Founder of EasyCat, the world’s first catalogue sharing network and Helen Wang, CEO and board member of fast-growing Chinese fintech company BBD.

All international tech businesses looking to start or grow their business in the UK

It’s the ideal event for any international company looking to start doing, or growing their business in London. Please note that due to space restrictions and to maintain the style of the event, this event is only open to non UK tech businesses.

The event is free to attend, however places are limited, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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JMB Appointed as Government Export Champion

The JMB Partnership is delighted to have been appointed as Government Export Champion in a bid to inspire and support more organisations explore export.

Announced at the Midlands Engine Trade Summit last week, the ‘Midlands Engine Export Champion Programme’ sees JMB Managing Director, James Blakemore, along with 27 other business leaders from across the region offering their expertise and advice to inspire companies to export and support existing exporters looking to expand into new markets.

Speaking at the Summit in Birmingham, International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said:

“We want to use the momentum of the Midlands Engine to drive this region’s exports to new heights and I am delighted to announce the launch of these new champions. 28 experienced exporters based in the Midlands will work to inspire others to either export for the first time or to export more.

My department is helping even more companies in the region explore opportunities on the global market and through this Programme local business will truly benefit from a range of expert advice from local business leaders.”

Export Champion and MD of The JMB Partnership, James Blakemore said;

“It is an honour to be appointed as an Export Champion. This is an incredibly exciting time for businesses across the UK and we look forward to supporting other ambitious companies looking to explore the huge benefits international trade can bring.

Following on from our win of the Queen’s Award for International Trade last year, this appointment is further testament to the hard work of the entire JMB team and the huge benefits that investing in international trade can bring.

Over 27,000 businesses across the Midlands Engine exported nearly £40 billion worth of products to over 100 countries in 2015 and the Midlands is responsible for 24% of England’s manufacturing output with particular strengths in automotive, motorsport, aerospace and rail.

The creation of the Midlands Engine Export Champions Programme swiftly follows the launch of the government’s Midlands Engine Strategy.

An ambitious strategy to help the Midlands reach its full economic potential, the strategy was published last week as the Chancellor Philip Hammond visited the region the day after delivering his first Budget.

It includes significant investment in skills, connectivity and local growth, while it sets out how the government plans to drive the region’s huge potential and promote it to the world.

Over 600 delegates attended the Midlands Engine Trade Summit at the Vox Conference Centre where they participated in specialist workshops and heard first-hand the steps they can take to export their goods and services overseas.

In addition to engaging with SMEs and local businesses, the Midlands Engine Export Champions will promote the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT campaign and digital tool www.great.gov.uk which helps UK businesses break onto overseas markets. This innovative new programme will provide practical advice and support to drive further growth in exports.

If you are interested to find out how you could benefit and the support available, please visit contact us directly or visit www.great.gov.uk

Ecobuild 2017

JMB regularly attend Ecobuild and 2017 was no different. The iconic event is the prime platform to meet with existing JMB construction clients as well as new organisations looking to accelerate their B2B sales and or generate strategic partnerships.

To see the show highlights simply please visit Ecobuild.

Or if we missed you at the show and you would like to discuss how JMB can support you in generating B2B sales, simply drop us an email.

DIT IoT & Cloud Seminar: Connecting to the UK Cloud

JMB were delighted to be formally invited by DIT Finland to present at the British Embassy in Finland.

Cloud computing is seen by the UK Government as a key technology enabler that underpins the continued development of emerging technologies and innovation for all businesses. Advances in internet of things (IoT), mobile applications, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are being driven forward by cloud computing infrastructure, which promotes speed and collaboration.

To support the growth of this sector, DIT Finland hosted an informative session advising Finish organisations on how to scale-up and capitalise on opportunities in the UK.

This was  a great opportunity to contribute to the innovative discussion on current IoT trends, and to network with like-minded entrepreneurs interested in the UK market.

The event heard from industry experts such as DIT Technology sector specialists, whilst JMB provide insight into generating sales in the UK, which was followed by JMB client, Giosg.com, who spoke about their experience of the UK market.

JMB’s Mission to India

Following in the footsteps of Theresa May, early this month JMB embarked on a 4 day mission to India.

As part of our commitment to international trade, JMB often make in-market visits to clients and partners across the globe.

This trip was no different, spending time in Coimbatore conducting product training, followed by a brief visit to our friends at DIT in Mumbai.

There was even time for a spot of cricket. All we can say is well done India.

JMB Highlights of 2016.

So we come to the end the year and 2016 was another one to remember.

And as we celebrate, we thought we’d share with you just a few of our highlights from the last 12 months.

  1. Winning The Queens Award for Enterprise in Enterprise in International Trade.
  2. And of course meeting HRH the Queen and Prince Philip at the Buckingham palace reception to celebrate the Queens’ Award win.
  3. Celebrating our 10th year of helping UK and international companies enter new markets and accelerate their sales.
  4. Generating 472 high value B2B sales meetings for our clients, plus contract opportunities
  5. Flying 70, 238 miles visiting clients and supporting international trade.

Now let’s see what 2017 will bring!

Happy New Year!

JMB Receives Queens Award During 10th Anniversary Celebrations.

In formal recognition as Winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise, The JMB Partnership was presented with the highly coveted crystal bowl by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox, during the celebratory event held on 20th October.

The Queen’s Award is one of the UK’s highest accolades for British business success and is presented upon the Prime Minister’s recommendation.  SME, The JMB Partnership has been presented with the Award for outstanding contribution to International Trade.

The JMB Partnership was one of only two organisations from the Warwickshire region to successfully receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, the other being retailer Holland & Barrett.

Awarded to only those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence within their field, JMB has received the award in recognition of their substantial growth and commercial success in the international business arena and year-on-year growth in overseas sales and export activity.

During the formal presentation, which also celebrated JMB’s 10th anniversary, the highly coveted crystal bowl was presented to JMB Managing Director, James Blakemore by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox. Other dignitaries in attendance included the Chairman of Warwickshire Council, Councillor Bob Hicks and fellow business leaders.

James Blakemore, MD, commented, “It is a true honour to receive such an accolade and recognition for the hard-work put in and the successes achieved over the last few years. I am immensely proud of the whole JMB Team for their commitment to driving both our own and our clients’ businesses forward. It is the pinnacle of achievement in terms of recognition for our proactive, dedicated approach to championing local, regional and international business growth.”

The JMB Partnership was officially announced as award winners on 21st April on Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday. In recognition of the award, earlier this year JMB Managing Director, James Blakemore and Account Director, Sarah Kingston were invited by the Queen to attend a formal reception at Buckingham Palace.

JMB Client Success: Australian Footwear Brand Ascent Successfully Lands in the UK

The JMB Partnership is delighted to announce that Ascent Footwear has successfully launched its UK retail presence and from August will be available to purchase in the UK.

Leading Australian footwear brand, Ascent, first approached JMB in 2014 to conduct a UK market entry campaign and meetings programme.

The campaign was successfully in securing high quality meetings with footwear retailers throughout the UK. An exercise which proved imperative in gaining direct market insight and creating a strong foundation on which to build Ascent’s UK retail network.

“James, Sarah and the JMB team liaised with potential retailers on our behalf and organised appointments for our visit in July.  JMB provided consistent communication, appointments with high end retailers and showed great flexibility with using our internal database system.

Obviously this is a very exciting time and I’d like to thank JMB for your help with getting Ascent into the UK market.”

Luke Bevis, Ascent Footwear

The entire JMB Team would like to congratulate Ascent on the UK launch and we look forward to seeing the range in UK stores soon.

JMB’s Royal Appointment for International Trade

Following JMB’s announcement as a winner of The Queen’s award in April, JMB had the honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, to celebrate.

JMB and fellow winners, joined the Queen at the Buckingham Palace reception on Thursday 14th July to celebrate their achievements.

The Princess Royal, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also in attendance to congratulate winners.

James Blakemore, JMB Managing Director briefly spoke to the Queen about the business and how it was the companies’ first application and first win of the awards.

James said that “Winning the award in itself was an immensely proud moment for the entire JMB team. However, being recognised by the Queen and having the privilege to be a guest at the palace was a hugely momentous occasion is the companies’ history”

On Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, JMB was announce as Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, in recognition of substantial growth and services to international business arena.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Queen’s Awards are the UK’s highest accolade for British business success, awarded only to those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence and an outstanding contribution to enterprise in their field.

Business Growth & UK Market Entry specialists, JMB have successfully supported over 700 UK and international companies exceed their sales & business growth ambitions. And in the last three years have seen exponential success for their clients in the UK and internationally, resulting in over 20% year on year increase in JMB’s activity.

In October this year, the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, The Queen’s local representative, will present the Grant of Appointment during a formal ceremony at the JMB Head Offices.

Market Entry Specialists Host London Technology Week “Tech Teach In”

Market entry specialists The JMB Partnership and Rochester PR, along with UK Trade & Investment(UKTI) and UBM are hosting a practical panel session for ambitious international tech businesses during London Tech Week 2016.

Building on the success of 2015, ‘Tech Teach In – How to successfully launch and grow in London’ will provide a practical, insightful session for international tech companies looking to enter or bolstering their UK market share. To be held on 23rd June, the event presents opportunity for you to hear successes and learnings from other international tech company founders at the various stages of entry to the UK market.

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