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How Free Trade Agreements Can Help You Expand into Asia

Posted by on Asia Pacific, Export, Global Expansion, Home, International Market Entry, Trade

How Free Trade Agreements Can Help You Expand into Asia

Many micro-to-medium sized Australian companies might be surprised to learn that they are missing out on lucrative export opportunities overseas, simply because they’ve never looked into Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with North Asia. Australia has three FTAs in place with North Asia countries: China, Japan and Korea. With a combined population of 1.56 billion people, these three countries represent enormous export markets for Australian businesses. They alone account...

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A is for Amman: An Alternative Middle East business hub

Posted by on Arab World, Cross-cultural Management, Home, International Market Entry, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates

A is for Amman: An Alternative Middle East business hub

For companies looking to enter new markets in a region, the choice of regional base or hub is an important one. A wisely chosen regional base acts as a springboard to other regional markets, a distribution centre, source of market intelligence and gives you a local address, which can provide an edge compared to those trying to access from a distance. In the MENA region, Dubai has emerged in...

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“Know Before You Go”​ – 7 Reasons to Start Your International Expansion with Market Research

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“Know Before You Go”​ – 7 Reasons to Start Your International Expansion with Market Research

When you’re getting ready to expand your business overseas, it can be really tempting to skip the market research and just get down to it. I get it. Spending hours trawling websites for statistics, or reading reports during your weekend is a little lacking in glamour. Even investing time in travelling to a new country just to check it out might seem like a whole of effort for little...

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3 Great Ways to Take Your Company Overseas

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3 Great Ways to Take Your Company Overseas

If you’re part of a small or medium-sized company (SME) which is looking to grow, the thought of expanding your business overseas might excite you. Or terrify you. Or both. Either way, when you consider the time, resources and energy involved in launching a new venture in a new country, it can be a daunting prospect. Where to start? How to do it? Who to talk to? Do you...

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Want to sell overseas? More transparency please

Posted by on Business Strategy, Export, Global Expansion, Home, International Business, International Market Entry, International Trade & Development

Want to sell overseas? More transparency please

Fancy a pint of Guinness to drink? The dark Irish beer is available across the world. So almost any country you travel to on business, you can find a bar selling a pint of the black stuff. This is because Guinness is no longer a family owned brand but part of the multinational Diageo drinks group. Diageo’s business practices and in particular its transfer of profits from UK sales...

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5 Tips for Managing Culturally Diverse Teams

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5 Tips for Managing Culturally Diverse Teams

Superior communication skills are essential company-wide. Continuous improvement and reflection build success: from daily interactions to international negotiations. Australia is in a unique position, attracting recruitment interest from around the globe due to its lifestyle, relatively stable economy and career opportunities. With a decrease in births and an increase in its aging population, Australia relies on migration to fill jobs and economic stability. This means that the landscape is...

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Attention Business Leaders, Global Expansion Starts With You

Posted by on Business, Business Leaders, Business Strategy, Global Expansion, International Business, International Market Entry, International Trade & Development

Attention Business Leaders, Global Expansion Starts With You

  Assuming a leadership role is no piece of cake, as leaders hold a huge burden to drive a business to success. For business leaders with aspirations to “go global”, a key question is whether or not you have the right mindset to expand overseas. Your readiness and willingness to take the risk, to use your wings to fly beyond domestic borders, and to grasp the opportunities that are...

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Building your Cross-Cultural Competence: Why Upskilling Your Team is a Good Idea

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Building your Cross-Cultural Competence: Why Upskilling Your Team is a Good Idea

  Karen has proven herself as a successful project manager, eager to take initiative. Her fast-paced work style and quick decision making has earned her lots of buy-in from senior management, as she continuously shows result. But Karen is struggling with her newest project to roll-out a new product line to EMEA and APAC. Her team doesn’t seem to value her approach and constantly questions and (in her eyes)...

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Can little Aussie food companies really take the world by storm?

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Can little Aussie food companies really take the world by storm?

There has been a lot of talk about Australia becoming the “food bowl” of Asia over the last few years and the trade statistics indicate that Australia’s trade with the rest of the world in food products continues to increase. Take for example, wine sales, which increased in value by 11% in 2016, reflecting increasing demand for premium Australian wines in most key markets around the world, particularly Northeast...

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