Today saw us introduce the first training session at our premises in Sheffield designed to assist international traders with exporting.

We welcomed eight delegates from seven international companies responsible for exporting millions of pounds of products each year. These successful international companies are supplying countries all around the world with their market leading products including uniquely designed floor coverings, high performance machine knives, water treatment, superalloys, horticultural systems, children’s footwear and batteries.

The course was delivered in four parts starting with an introduction to export documentation, followed by Incoterms®, HMRC compliance and ended with Letters of Credits. The course was delivered by expert international trainer Steve Townsley of Fidelitas Training alongside Karen Mosley of 512. Steve has a wealth of experience spanning over forty years and his training style is designed to be practical, current and relevant.

Karen has worked in international trade for twenty years and first met Steve as a student of his all those years ago whilst working as an exporter, later becoming a freight forwarder some sixteen years ago. Karen said “512 prides itself on our relationships with our clients and it was a natural progression for us to offer training and share our knowledge assisting others. In fact, when we sent out our first email campaign the first workshop sold out in less than 24 hours, hence we had to put a second date on to service the demand, it was beyond our expectation.”

The day was informative and interactive right from the start with delegates taking an active part asking questions about specific information relating to them and their business. The delegates learnt that the key to successful international trade is good administration, understanding the terms and having the confidence to question why things are done the way they are. Following lunch we looked at HMRC compliances and how to keep each companies legal obligations to HMRC fulfilled, an eye opener to all in the room that they are ultimately responsible for these obligations and the level of fines that HMRC can and do levy for none-compliance, eye watering time!

The feedback from the course was very positive, with one delegate stating, “excellent course, very informative and in depth. I would certainly recommend to colleagues” whilst another said “I am very new to export and today cleared up lots of confusing information and terms, really enjoyed it!”

If you would like to know more about our training sessions, please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss your requirements, courses are available as groups delivered at our premises or in-house at your premises.

The next course is on the 12th July and delivered at our Sheffield office with three places remaining.

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