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11/06/2020 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Cornwall Innovation Club: The Future of International Trade

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“In my long business career never has international trade needed a rethink and new strategy more than now. What sectors will be the winners and which the losers are questions on the mind of every businessperson who has ever sold a product or service overseas. Forums like this will help us to understand the future challenges and opportunities.” Kim Conchie, CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

The Cornwall Innovation Club facilitates bi-monthly networking breakfasts which feature inspirational speakers.  These mornings are designed to inspire ideas and create the opportunity to mix with other influential business leaders – encouraging valuable partnership and collaboration between Cornish businesses.  This is the first Cornwall Innovation Club event under ATI² and while we are having to deliver this event to you virtually due to social distancing measures, we know that it will be a valuable experience for you and your business to explore ideas for the future.

This Cornwall Innovation Club event focusses on the Future of International Trade.  ATI2 will be welcoming two guest speakers, Kim Conchie, CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Ben Leonard from the Department of Trade and a representative from a Cornish business to talk candidly through their experience of international trade.  Whether you are an experienced international trader or you are considering trading internationally for the first time, this event is an opportunity to consider the possibilities for your business.

Kim Conchie, CEO of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is a true Cornishman at heart, maintaining the organisation’s place at the centre of Cornwall’s business community, with his hard work and dedication being recognised in November 2019 when he was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall.

Since his appointment as CEO in 2012, Kim’s business acumen and approach of extending ambition, redefining purpose, motivating teams and improving performance has enabled him to grow the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to encompass a specialist team that offers an extensive range of services, from export market expertise to a vibrant mix of networking events, as well as being very much the voice of business in Cornwall on a regional, national and international scale.

Today Kim is also a member of and chairs, several business and education boards. He is a director of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a trustee of Cornwall Community Foundation, a director of Creative Kernow, chair of governors at Truro School, was chair of Cornwall’s Raising Aspiration & Achievement (RAAS) Board, a trustee of Cornish children’s charity BF Adventure, a member of Truro & Penwith College Employment & Business Board, on the FEAST steering group and an advisory board member of Golden Tree Productions and of Smartline, an Exeter University programme looking at improving health in the home. In 2019 Kim was appointed to the Falmouth Place-shaping Board

Ben Leonard, Depertment for International Trade

Ben Leonard is an International Trade Advisor for businesses based in Cornwall. His role is to provide guidance and advice for both experienced and new exporters on international opportunities, growing overseas trade, new markets and the logistics of global trade. He can also advise on different services and support from the Department for International Trade both here and around the world.

Ben works to support a range of businesses from start-ups to multi-million pound companies to enable them to develop exporting opportunities to provide sustainable, profitable and rewarding growth.  He has substantial experience of running business development and growth projects utilising both European and UK funding.

The UK Department for International Trade has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. Through their Exporting is GREAT campaign, DIT aims to inspire and support UK businesses to sell their products and services overseas through export advice and guidance at every step of the exporting journey. Visit their dedicated exporting hub at to access live business opportunities information on training sessions, business seminars and events as well as specialist trade services and support.

Want to join the club?  The Cornwall innovation Club is run by ATI² in partnership with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.  Register for this event to find out more about our membership package, which includes a number of benefits: complimentary breakfasts, exclusive networking opportunities, % Cornwall Chamber discount and more…