Author Archives: Oliver Dowson

A Time to Expand and Develop Investment Promotion Authorities

Why would any country downsize its Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) now, of all the times? It’s in every country’s interest…

Read more

Expanding to the UK

In countries all over the world, there are great young entrepreneurs with brilliant SMEs who aspire to expand to the USA and the UK

Read more

How your small business could lose everything

Data security is rarely a high priority for any small or new business, and investors in startups hardly ever inquire…

Read more

My 5 top tips for successful exporting and international expansion

Over my career I’ve researched, set up, managed and even sold on companies in 15 countries, and I’ve travelled for business or pleasure to nearly 140. So, unsurprisingly, business people that I meet always ask why, where and how to get started with exporting or international expansion of their own.

Read more

I’m happy. I’m flying. I’m on a plane from Madrid to London, observing the clouds below me and thinking about the place I left a few hours ago, Oviedo, 39000 feet below me. Instead of flying one short 90 minute non-stop flight, I’m making a connection that involves “going backwards”

Read more

B2B Media Content for International Business

Without sales, there’s no business – and so it’s easy to argue that one’s sales force are amongst your most important employees. Any executive will tell you that it’s hard enough hiring, motivating and retaining good sales people in your home country – but when setting up an international subsidiary, it’s that much harder.

Read more

Without sales, there’s no business – and so it’s easy to argue that one’s sales force are amongst your most important employees. Any executive will tell you that it’s hard enough hiring, motivating and retaining good sales people in your home country – but when setting up an international subsidiary, it’s that much harder.

Read more

Many SMEs have lots of paperwork or admin or customer service activities that have come to account for a high proportion of their staff costs. There’s an obvious advantage to doing that abroad, is that it can be much cheaper than with labour in your own country.

Read more

Business in Palestine Grow International

One territory that definitely qualifies as “off the usual business radar” is Palestine. It’s clearly not a valuable export market. But, for businesses active in the Middle East, or looking at expanding there, there are some real opportunities to take advantage of its positioning as a hub.

Read more

Finding a Business Partner Abroad

Do first impressions lie? On paper, the company looked impressive. Out of the six potential partners that we’d shortlisted, and that I’d travelled to Mumbai to meet, this one looked the best on paper. Rajesh, the young CEO who came to meet me at my hotel looked the part too – immaculately dressed, well spoken, and clearly well organised, as he laid out paperwork and photos on the table in front of us.

Read more

10/40