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International Trade International In Brief


Export success: Deb Leary


Birmingham-based cyber security business Forensic Pathways has won new contracts in South Africa and Latin America, thanks to help from the international trade team at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Forensic Pathways has been working with


GBCC since 2003 to help capitalise on international demand for British-made forensic software, products and services. The business has already established a strong presence in many overseas markets including France, America, Canada, Zambia and South Africa. Exporting accounts for 60 per cent of the


firm’s annual turnover and this is expected to grow by 15 per cent in the next two years, thanks to the new contracts it has won. Deb Leary, CEO and founder of Forensic


Pathways, said: “Throughout our exporting journey, the trade team has given us the information and guidance to export confidently and avoid any costly errors. If we can do it with support from international trade advisers, so can other businesses in the Midlands.” Mark Sankey, head of the Department for


International Trade Team at the Chamber said: “Forensic Pathways recognised at an early stage in their development that there was strong demand for their software, products and services abroad. It is testimony to the hard work and dedication of Deb and the team at Forensic Pathways that they are now successfully exporting across a number of markets and access the range of services and support available from International Trade Advisers based at the Chamber.” For more information about export support contact the International Business Hub on 0121 450 4205 or email ibh@birmingham- chamber.com


Businesses from across the Midlands are being invited to a seminar on trade opportunities in Indonesia. Attendees will hear from a number of


experts from the EU desk, EU-Indonesia business network and representatives from the Indonesian government’s Ministry of Trade. Indonesia is one of South East Asia’s fastest


growing consumer markets, being the 18th largest economy in the world. Businesses from sectors such as healthcare,


manufacturing, engineering, IT, food and beverages, transportation and infrastructure are invited to the informative event being held at Chamber House on 23 May. For more information, contact Rupi Nandra at r.nandra@birmingham-chamber.com


30 CHAMBERLINK May 2018 Focusing on waste issues


What a waste: India produces a great deal of waste, but technology from West Midlands firms can help sort and recycle it


By Jessica Brookes


Businesses and organisations from the Midlands and across the UK have visited India to see first- hand developments in the country’s ‘circular economy’, which focuses on waste management. Indian firms are looking to utilise UK


technology to better sort waste, in order to help combat the country’s growing waste problem. India’s ‘circular economy’ aims to minimise


waste, by reusing and regenerating waste products in order to maximise resource efficiency. During the trip, delegates visited smart city,


waste management and circular economy sites in various locations, including Amaravathi, Hyderabad and Surat, and heard from a number of UK and Indian businesses on collaboration between the two countries. Delegates were accompanied by Rupi Nandra,


head of international programmes for Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). She said: “This trip was about exploring opportunities and collaboration between the UK and India, on technology solutions that India can utilise in their growing circular economy.


“Over the course of the trip, we had some


great insight into new smart cities and waste management solutions and we are looking forward to continued strategic relationships between British and Indian companies.” Also taking part in the trip was Peter


Laybourn, chief executive of International Synergies Limited, who is an expert on circular economies. He said: “With all the planetary indicators (climate change, water quality, deforestation, species loss etc.) heading in the wrong direction it is more urgent than ever that we find solutions that first slow, then halt and finally reverse the decline. A ‘Circular Economy’ is one way to achieve this. “For the approach to work it requires


leadership and commitment particularly from cities and regions to create the enabling conditions for new ideas and technologies in the clean and green tech arena to thrive. “After this excellent initial engagement the


critical measure of success will come in the following months (and years), where we hope to see some of these solutions deployed at scale to contribute towards India’s advancement of their circular economy.”


University collaborates with China


The University of Birmingham and Nankai University have launched a Joint Research Institute in order to map how British and Chinese researchers will tackle a range of global environmental challenges. Delegates from the Chinese university


travelled to Birmingham to meet their UK counterparts to address issues across the green economy and sustainable development. Led by vice-president Professor Jiadong Tong,


the delegation met the University of Birmingham’s vice-chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood. Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “Our two


universities have established a global research institute, which we believe will produce high- profile work that will improve the environment and the health of millions of people.”


It’s a deal: Professor Sir David Eastwood with Professor Jiadong Tong


Vice-president Professor Jiadong Tong said:


“Our partnership will create collaborations that allow our students to pursue academic achievement at a top British university, while our academics help to solve environmental problems.”


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