KIB Newsletter December 2022

Posted on: 2nd December 2022

As this is the last newsletter of 2022, the Kent International Business team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

International Trade Webinars & Events – diary dates:

IMPULS Project Update

IMPULS helps Health & Life Science companies on both sides of the Channel with Internationalisation.

Forthcoming (free) events:

IMPULS Virtual Pitch and Match Session Programme

The IMPULS project is organising a series of virtual matchmaking events to enable businesses to make contacts in England, France and other European projects. If you’re interested in making international business connections to explore collaborations, partnerships or joint working, then please sign up for this free programme of activities

  • 7-8 December: BioFIT Digital Virtual Matchmaking Event – 15 free spaces available – connect with other participants of the BioFIT conference. Click here for more information.
  • 12 December: European and British Regulations on Medical Devices & European Regulations on Pharmacovigilance – Create contacts with from both sides of the Channel. Click here for more information.
  • 12 January 2023: All things Health & Life Sciences – Meet with experts from previous IMPULS webinars and business on both sides of the Channel. Click here for more information.

How to Participate:

  1. Click here to visit the matchmaking platform and create a profile (you can upload images, videos and other information to showcase your company or your offer)
  2. Check the session dates above and indicate your availability for meetings on the platform
  3. Book 121 meetings with other participants on the platform

 To find out more about the IMPULS project please click here.

Medica 2022:

View our view below which shows how some of the companies we took to Medica 2022 got on:

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Kent Invicta Chamber Annual Business Awards – International Finalists

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Kent Invicta Chamber Business Awards 2022 announced in November!

In particular we’d like to say a huge well done to the winner and finalists for the Success in International Trade Category sponsored by Kent International Business.

WINNER: Hornby Hobbies Ltd

A well-known British brand, based in Margate, which is exporting its wide range of products across the world. Click here to visit the website.

FINALIST: Cocoba Limited

Based in North-Kent, Cocoba Create an exciting range of high-quality chocolate products and drinks and has been able to export these to many different international markets. Click here to visit their website.

FINALIST: MD Diagnostics Ltd

Based in Maidstone, MD Diagnostics, designs and manufactures a range of handheld Breath Carbon Monoxide monitors, Hydrogen breath monitors and Respiratory Pressure Meters and other medical devices. Click here to visit their website.

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Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards 2023

Organised by the Department for International Trade, the Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards are a new initiative designed to recognise and celebrate the success of UK SMEs trading internationally from a wide range of sectors:

  • To inspire and encourage UK businesses to pursue global opportunities. The ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign provides us with a platform to acknowledge and celebrate exporters from across the country and tell their stories, with the aim of instilling an exporting culture.
  • Launching a new DIT-owned, UK-wide export awards programme that will recognise UK businesses seeing international success and uncover great stories.

The awards programme will:

  • Help to increase the focus on exporting amongst businesses.
  • Encourage more businesses to export by showing that everyday businesses of all sizes and industries are succeeding internationally and overcoming barriers
  • Encourage ‘hand-raising’, resulting in compelling export success stories being shared by business and DIT.

Made in the UK, Sold to the World Award Categories

  • Consumer Goods
  • Agriculture, Food & Drink
  • Digital
  • Financial & Professional Business Services
  • Education
  • Creative Industries

How to Enter

More information, including entry forms, judging criteria and terms & conditions, will be published when the awards officially launch in January 2023.

To enter, all you will need to do is complete a short submission form.

The awards are FREE to enter.

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Export Documentation Christmas and New Year Closures 2022/23

Export Documentation service will be closed over the following dates:

Closed from: Thursday 22nd December 2022 at 1:00pm
Re-open from: Tuesday 3rd January 2023 at 9.00am

Please note the following information:

  • Any Arab or Egyptian Documents please call the Chamber first as we cannot guarantee the opening / working times of the Embassies.
  • Thursday 22nd December 2022 we will be open until 11:00am for collection only of documents. Collections can be made from either office.
  • Please arrange this with one of the export team.
  • Express certificates only will be processed up until 1:00pm.
  • Any Standard application entered on 22nd December will not be actioned until 2023.

* Please take postal delays in to account when sending and receiving documents via the Royal Mail.

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Food Accelerator Next Programme – Growing Kent & Medway Project

Do you have an idea for an exciting new food or drink product? Have you spotted a gap in the market? Would you like to turn your idea into a commercial reality?

Whether you have an idea for a business, you have just launched a start-up or you have an established business looking for a new direction, the Food Accelerator Programme can help solve problems through expert technical, business and financial support and make your concept ready for market.

If you are based in Kent or Medway or looking to relocate to the region, join the Food Accelerator – a 4-month programme of dedicated business and technical support, providing training, tools, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Food Accelerator is targeted at:

  • Ambitious people in Kent or Medway or those planning to relocate their business activity to the region.
  • People with ideas, start-ups and enterprises looking to launch, grow or scale their business through
  • Businesses with a focus on new food and drink products or processes – especially plant-based food.

Click here to find out more information.

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1st European Industrial Subcontracting Meeting in Santander (Spain)

14-15 December 2022

This event will gather European buyers looking for suppliers of pieces, components, or equipment they might subcontract for their activity, with the aim of putting European purchasing managers in contact with Cantabrian subcontracting companies dealing with several fields of activity.

The Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria would arrange for you a schedule of individual meetings with selected suppliers able to offer competitive solutions according to your subcontracting needs, as well as visits to Cantabrian firms you might be interested in.

Cantabria is a leading region in Spain, with an important number of companies specialised in industrial subcontracting, which belong to different sectors such as automotive, naval/maritime, aeronautic, oil & gas, nuclear, processing industries etc.

Suppliers also come from different fields such as casting, chip forming, metalwork, mechanism, heat and surface treatments, plastics, machine tools, moulds, casts and dies, electricity and electronics.

The topics in this meeting will include:

  • The buying companies describe the product/activity of the suppliers they are interested in
  • Identify the subcontracting companies able to meet the requirements and send the information to the buyers
  • The buyers decide which suppliers they want to meet with
  • Meetings will be held in the facilities of the Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria on 14 December
  • Visits to selected companies will take place on 15 December

If you would like to participate in this event, please email for an application form.

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