Alibaba.com will be working closely with small business support company, Enterprise Nation, to host a week-long schedule of online and offline events focused on helping small businesses go global, forming part of the overall Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative designed to encourage and promote an entrepreneurial spirit, running from 14th to 18th November 2011.
Packed with top speakers and practical sessions, Go Global will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to increase sales, delight customers and raise profile, with help from some of the world’s most successful brands.
Following the launch of a Go Global Guide on Monday 14th November, the main conference will follow with a day-long schedule of speakers; successful exporters such as Richard Moross of MOO.COM, Kate Castle from BoginaBag, Janan Leo of CocoRose and Rob Law, founder of Trunki, will tell their stories of trading success, mixed with advice from experts in the fields of payment, virtual offices, website translation, making sales, international media and much more!
Activities to follow in the week include presence at an international trade event in Belfast, all-day workshops on 17th November focused on how to reach and react in international markets, as well as webchats, podcasts, trade twinning on Twitter and a new Go Global app.
Linda Kozlowski, Director, Global Marketing and Customer Experience of Alibaba.com, said: “As active supporters and facilitators of international trade, we are delighted to be the gold sponsor of what will be a busy but essential week for any small business owner considering going global, or making overseas sales and wanting this to increase. We will be on hand throughout to offer support and guidance and to highlight how small businesses can successfully sell and trade overseas via platforms such as our own and with support from peers and experts.”
With domestic markets showing little sign of rapid recovery and an exchange rate in favour of exporters, there’s no better time to go global, says Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation:
“Over the past 12 months we’ve continued to hear from small business owners that they’re going global faster than ever before. Whether selling products or services, UK businesses are attracting online traffic from new markets or being picked up on popular blogs and turning this interest into income.”
Alibaba.com and Enterprise Nation are working closely with Youth Business International, the official hosts of Global Entrepreneurship Week and government department, UK Trade and Investment.
Tickets are available from Enterprise Nation and cost £50 for the whole week of activities. Attend the main event and/or workshops throughout the week to learn how you can increase sales and trade successfully overseas!