Archive for October 8th, 2007

An Introduction to the Appointment and Management of Agents and Distributors

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October 8th, 2007

This event takes place at Liverpool Chamber on 22 October 2007

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed for staff involved in sales and marketing and the control and appointment of agents and distributors.

The seminar starts in looking at different methods market entry strategy, sales terms and the product life cycle. The course then covers techniques to find, appoint and motivate agents and distributors. The course also covers in detail the legal pitfalls and issues affecting the European Agents Directive. If you have European agents or are considering appointing one soon this course is a must. The course finishes by looking at a number of case studies and gives delegates an opportunity to discuss any issue they may be placed with. This course is ideal for those new to exporting or experienced hands that need a refresher.

Course Content

  • Market entry strategy -what is an Agents or Distributor?
  • Planning to export-alternative routes to market
  • Role of agent and distributor
  • How to find an agent and distributor-desk research and UKTI services
  • Legal contracts, appointing the agent
  • How to motivate an agent /distributor
  • How to manage a team of agents or distributors
  • EU Agents Directive - how to overcome the pitfalls
  • Conclusion and termination of agreement-compensation
  • Case studies

Cost
Price per delegate per course: Member rate: £200 + VAT / Non Member rate: £300 + VAT

Companies within greater Merseyside may be eligible for funding through ERDF. Funding available covers 50% of the cost of each course for one delegate.

For further information or registration please call on 0157 227 1234 or e-mail at itc@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

To book either contact the International Trade Team on the number or emails above, or download, complete and return the attached booking form.

Agents & Distributors Booking Form [Word Doc]

CHAS Special Offer For Construction Companies

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October 8th, 2007

FREE CHAS taster workshop:

  • Significantly improve your company’s performance
  • Save money
  • Gain access to new contracts and tender lists
  • Operate within the law

Thursday 25th October 2007,
8.30 AM - 11.00  AM

CHAS (Contractor Health and Safety assessment scheme) is available for use by any public and private sector organisation to use when shortlisting contractors, suppliers and consultants (companies) who apply to work for them. As well as meeting legal requirements, CHAS can help your business meet procurement regulations and save money.

Four out of five small and medium sized contractors will fail their first assessment (statistic taken from http://www.chas.gov.uk/about.asp) however help is at hand! With 3 days support at the subsidised rate of £395.00, MERBEN can help your business to identify areas of weakness and offer help and support to implement the necessary improvements.

Come along to this FREE CHAS taster workshop to find out more.

Please call Anthony Seasman on 0151 644 4720 or email anthony.seasman@groundwork.org.uk to book a place on the FREE introductory taster session.

Business Opportunities In The Czech Republic

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October 8th, 2007

Monday 29 October 2007 - Working breakfast event

The Czech Republic is one of the most stable and prosperous of the post-communist states with a fully functioning market economy. We have identified a number of sectors with potential for UK businesses, including: Healthcare, Biotechnology, Construction, Food and Drink, Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Industrial Textiles, Design and Creative and Media (film), Training and Education.

PROGRAMME

  • 08:00 - 08:30 Registration and breakfast
  • 8:30 - 10:00:
  • Welcome remarks by LCCI
  • Business Opportunities in the Czech Republic by Peter Urbanek, Commercial Counsellor from the Czech Embassy in London
  • Investment Opportunities by Hana Chlebna, CzechInvest office in London
  • Case study: tbc
  • Questions and Answers
  • Price Draw of 2 cases of Czech beer

This event will conclude at 10.00 with the opportunity to network with delegates and chat one to one with our expert speakers.

A buffet breakfast is included in the price of £ 15 plus VAT (£17.62)

PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO REGISTER NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE.

To book your place, download, complete and return the below booking form.

Czech Business Breakfast Event Booking Form [Word Doc]

New Heys Young Chamber Begins Its Journey

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October 8th, 2007

Young Chamber logoNew Heys Young Chamber (YC) has been launched and in the first meeting the ideas were already flowing from the creative juices of our new YC Council!

Our YC Board has been elected and we are delighted to introduce Daniel Hudson and Izzy Tyler as the Leaders of the Board, ably supported by Nino Alfonso, Amy Gardener, Katie Johnson, Beth Ferguson, Charley Tinken, Lizzy McGee and Lee McNeilis.

Set the task of organising their own school event against a considerable budget provided by Young Chamber funding, the Board will function as an Events Management Company within the school for the next three months and will be responsible for the entire project - with the aim being to make profit and sustain their own Board’s existence!

Starting with an Events workshop in the Chamber and a visit to the Merseyside Entrepreneurship Commission fashion show at the Metquarter on Wednesday 10th October, the Board will be guided along the way by the Chamber of Commerce and some of our members - Can your business help our fledgling school Events company?

Our YC Council were also challenged by Jane Moore of TravelWise to plan, research and deliver their school’s Travel Plan. Directed by the Board, the Young Chamber Council will work with Jane to find better ways of travelling to school that are safer, more environmentally friendly and healthier. The Board will even have influence in the school bidding for £10,000 for improvements to the school’s travel options!

New Heys Young Chamber President Daniel Hudson said “We’re looking forward to working on these projects and we’ve got lots more ideas of things we’d like to do”.

Co-President Izzy Tyler added “the event we’re organising is going to be a lot of fun - it’s a great chance for us to take responsibility in a business environment while doing something for the whole school community”

Young Chamber provides a framework for business and education to engage in a different way by allowing direct interfacing between schools and the business community across the Chamber membership. We believe schools and businesses can learn a lot from each other - get involved, and help shape your future workforce.

Chamber members and schools can contact the Young Chamber coordinator Paul Cherpeau on 0151 227 1234 or email youngchamber@liverpoolchamber.org.uk for more information and to get involved.

Don’t Get Left Behind!

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October 8th, 2007

Would you know what to do or what your rights would be if you were unlucky enough to arrive at the airport check in only to be told that the flight had been overbooked and there was no seat for you.

‘Overbooking’ is when airlines take more reservations for a flight than there are seats on the plane. This is not illegal. Airlines do it deliberately because they usually expect some of the passengers not to turn up. Usually it works out OK. But occasionally too many people turn up for a flight, so some of them get left behind (or “bumped”).

You are legally entitled to compensation under EU law  - provided you have a confirmed reservation and that you arrived at the check-in desk on time.

If you are “bumped” off a flight at an airport in the EU or at an airport outside the EU when flying to an EU airport on an EU airline, then the airline must pay you compensation. This is called Denied Boarding Compensation (or ‘DBC’). The rules for payment of DBC are set out in an EC Regulation (EC Council Regulation 261/2004).

The amount of compensation is dependent on a number of factors, but can range from 125 -600 Euros - plus incidental expenses

Travelwise prides itself by understanding where the greatest risks lies and will guide you through the booking process to ensure that these unfortunate situations are minimised.

The benefits of using Travelwise are clear. For companies or leisure travellers who are looking for value money prices, ABTA & ATOL protection and the best travel advise available, just call Travelwise on:

Tel: 0151 225 0444

Travelwise
8 Dale Street
Liverpool
L2 4XR

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