Broadening Your Horizons – International Trade

28 October 2013

For a growing business that has built up in the UK in the present day, often the next step is to consider further expansion by trading abroad. This can take various forms, such as purchasing supplies from overseas countries, selling goods abroad, or even opening premises internationally.

For the ambitious business owner, this path may seem very appealing. However, it is vital to ensure that sufficient preparation has been carried out prior to committing to such a plan. This should include research into any possible pros and cons of expanding into trade with the desired country or countries. Possible obstacles may include local trading laws and import/export rules.

It is important to ensure that all relevant factors are considered when deciding on which countries to expand into, in order to avoid any unexpected problems or barriers. Additional factors such as the effects of foreign exchange rates on profit margins will become an important consideration when trading internationally.

In the increasingly global markets we experience today, international trade is an exciting, viable option for many UK-based companies. However, it is important not to commit resources to a project that has not been correctly researched and planned, as this could potentially have negative effects on the entire business.

Green & Co are able to offer guidance to businesses considering such plans relating to the various sources of support available to them, whether this be financial support or advice. For more information, please contact us.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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