Trade Horizons is very proud to announce the establishment of the LatAm Edge Awards - the first British Awards to assist the establishment and growth of Latin American Tech companies in the UK. The award identifies ambitious Latin American companies with a proven business model and the potential for scalability within the UK and beyond, and helps them realise international growth.
Trade Horizons is delighted to be supporting TechDayHQ with its first TechDay event outside of the US, in London on 27th October 2016. Over 200 startups and 7,500+ press, investors and early adopters from the UK, Europe and the US will be attending the event which will be held at Old Billingsgate in the heart of London.
Following the UK vote to leave the EU, many international businesses that were planning to expand to the UK - or who are (or were) already in the process of doing so - are asking what to do now? How do we proceed? In our article we outline some key facts and Trade Horizons' general perspective.
The last market entry mistake is a trap that companies frequently fall into: this is the 'illusion' of being able to generate substantial new foreign income (attractive pricing and strong currency) based on only utilising home resources and costs (usually lower cost and weaker currency). This mistaken belief in the ability to create 'gold' from very little investment is surprisingly common and usually results in failure.
One of the most common hopes that I hear expressed is 'we just need a PO to get going'. Companies that are looking for their first sale or contract to generate enough revenue to sustain expansion into a new country are more often than not doomed to fail.
A surprising, but not uncommon, market entry fail is when companies expand to a new territory and are not clear about what they are trying to achieve, nor have an approach that defines tactical objectives and a clear estimate of the costs of the exercise. It's an approach which is entirely, 'Let's start and see".
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.
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.
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.
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.