International business expansion guidance and advice
Trade Horizons’ Market Entry Blog
Our market entry blog covers a range of topics relating to international business expansion. Articles tackle many different subjects, including the initial planning and preparation stages of growing your business, advances in technology you can take advantage of, through to sales & marketing, packaging and branding advice. Written by leading experts in their field, you’ll be sure to find something of interest and real-world practical advice if you are looking to grow your business around the world.
5 Typical Fails in International Expansion – Part 2
Following on from my previous post, the second typical fail I frequently see in international expansion across many business sectors is what we call "Trying to be All Things To All People". Generally this is an error that happens when companies have not taken the required time to study the foreign market they are looking to enter and they have no focus.
5 Typical Fails in International Expansion – Part 1
I recently returned from participating in the Catalyst Seminar Speaking Tour in India. My slot was on how to drive commercial success when entering a foreign market. Working with companies from all over the world, of differing sizes and from different sectors, we see recurring themes in international expansion that cut across these including common issues, typical mistakes, as well as formulas for success. Here, I'm going to share five major mistakes that we encounter time and time again which can put a company's foreign market entry at risk and typically lead to failure and financial loss.
Package your Product for UK Market Entry – 7 Tips for Effective Packaging
As the UK economy continues to outperform other EU markets, many international brands are choosing the UK as a launch platform to enter Europe. However with such diverse cultures and tastes, aesthetic preferences, languages, and legal disclosures, how can a brand successfully steer through the landmine of product packaging and deliver not only a legally compliant product, but also one that appeals to the consumers of the UK and rest of EU? To help get you started, here are 7 tips for making sure your product packaging is fit for UK market entry.
Market Entry: Selecting the Right Lead Person – 3 Key Soft Skills
Preparation is essential when expanding to a new market - it will make the difference between success or failure. However, the success of your market entry plan will also be dependent on the right lead person in the new market. Do they possess the right 'soft skills' to execute your plan and develop your business? Three essential 'soft skills' are considered here for selecting the right person to lead your market entry.
Exporting to the UK? 5 Tips for Setting the Right Price
With the UK growing faster than any other economy in Europe, and household spending rapidly on the increase, many European manufacturers are eyeing up Britain as a lucrative export market and vital source of sales growth. On top of this, a strengthening Pound (GBP) against the Euro (EUR) means that products being exported from the Eurozone into the UK are becoming considerably cheaper than their US and UK competitors. So how do you establish a robust and attractive pricing strategy for your products in the UK? Here are our top 5 tips.
Guidance for Getting your Business Visa for Non-EU Nationals – Part 2
This is the second of two articles providing guidance on UK visa options for non-EU nationals looking to establish their businesses in the UK. This article gives an overview of applying for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa.