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Department for Business & Trade (DBT)

International Trade Week – 6th to 10th November 2023
Date: Thursday 9th November
Time: 09:30 – 15:00
Location: The Belfry, Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9PR

In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, staying current is crucial. Automation, AI, and social media are reshaping various domains, including international trade. To remain competitive, join the Department for International Trade (DBT) Midland’s 5th Flagship Digital Trade Conference. Gain insights to propel your business forward and expand international sales online.
The event is designed to be valuable for a wide range of individuals, including business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, international trade enthusiasts, e-commerce practitioners, and anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of digital trade and stay updated on technological advancements.
By attending our Digital Trade Conference in November you can meet some of our motivational speakers, who will be showcasing their experience and sharing their knowledge and expertise to give you memorable, insightful, and tangible ideas and actions to drive your business forward.

Our wide ranging and inspiring speakers will provide an opportunity for you to delve deeper into the topic areas that each one will cover, from digital marketing, AI and analytics to media communications, social and exporting achievement.

Meet the Speakers: Global Trade Unlocked 
Come and connect with the people leading the way in digital trade at our 5th Annual Digital Trade Conference and get informed about everything you need to know to take your business to the next level and grow your international sales online.

Here are just a few of our speakers:
Edwina Mullins – Director, Digital Marketing Strategist & Trainer, SocialB
For 20 years, Edwina has been delivering and executing impactful digital marketing campaigns, both in agency and in house marketing roles. Edwina is the director of international digital agency SocialB where she leads their digital marketing team and client strategy, alongside delivering training, workshops and consultancy for ambitious growing businesses. Edwina delivers frequent masterclasses for the Guardian, alongside speaking at national and international conferences and events.

John Young – Owner John Young Media
For more than thirty years, John Young presented and reported the TV news on the BBC. He now helps businesses by revealing eye-watering detail how journalists communicate to their audiences so quickly and clearly – so that businesses can communicate better with their clients, leads and stakeholders. His own clients include EasyJet, American Express, Gatwick Airport, various local authorities – and since last spring, DBT, where he’s been helping staff make complicated thing clear for businesses keen to export.

Liz Villani – Founder & CEO, #BeYourselfAtWork
Liz Villani is the founder of #BeYourselfAtWork, a global movement dedicated to creating a new narrative about the way we work. Promoting work as an opportunity for self-discovery, the movement helps people to become their true selves in the workplace. Liz is the creative mind behind the BY@W product iAM, which helps people to define their character and to set out their personal values.

Julio Taylor – Chief Executive Officer, Hallam
Hallam is an award-winning strategic digital agency with offices in Nottingham and London. Since 1999, they have partnered with clients to grow their revenue through integrated digital marketing that is steered by strategy and long-term vision, CEO Julio Taylor provides strategic leadership to develop excellence in full-service digital marketing delivery. Hallam has worked with international clients for over 10 years, providing services to brands such as the UN in the USA, EU and Middle East.

Oli Hills – Chief Executive Officer, Nonsensical Agency
Having left a corporate role in financial services in 2016, Oli has grown a number of start-ups in the tech and digital space over the past 6 years. Most recently, Nonsensical, which in 2 years has grown to a team of 15 and offers TikTok marketing services to B2C clients most notably, Go.Compare, The Works, eharmony and Young Driver. The agency has also built its own TikTok communities, Birmingham Updates, Endless Pride and Endless Mythology to over 700,000 followers combined.

Other speakers include:
• Gerti Willis – Language and Culture Adviser, DBT Midlands
• Mark Bates – Digital Trade Adviser, DBT Midlands
• Chris Woods – Founder & CEO, CyberQ
• Rupert Cross – CEO, 5874 Commerce
• Tommy Moore – Senior Creative Director & Strategic Lead, DRPG
• Stuart Perry – Creative Director & Head of Design, DRPG
• Guy McEvoy – Chief Executive, GuyKat Solutions Ltd
• Elliott Underwood – Head of Sales & Founder, FilterFinder
• Dan Barlow – Chief Executive Officer, Kagool
• Oli Hills – Chief Executive Officer, Nonsensical Agency
• Dr Eve Davies – Director Communications, Protectapet Ltd
• Barry Tong – Managing Director, Stephensons Online Limited
• Suzanne Stokes – Managing Director, TUM TUM

You can read their full profiles here
Secure your place:
Come and join us on the 9th November. We expect this event to sell out quickly so register today to avoid disappointment.


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