Next Week: Music Industry Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance Webinar


As part of the MIA’s new relationships with Government, we are delighted to be partnering with the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance to present an export webinar especially for the music industry. This event is happening on Tuesday 2nd March at 4:00pm.

In our recent survey, we established that over 85% of MIA retailers and suppliers are exporters. Post Brexit, the Government is providing additional support and funding for exporters and in this session we’ll be exploring how these can help music industry businesses. Of particular interest will be the new General Export Facility from UK Export Finance.

We will be joined by Pete Chapman who is an International Trade Adviser at the Department for International Trade and music industry specialist. We will also be joined by Jane Cooper, the Export Finance Manager for UK Export Finance. The session will be moderated by the Chair of the MIA Board, Steven Greenall.

The presentation will cover:

  • An overview of the Department for International Trade’s role
  • Finding an International Trade Adviser
  • Export Champions
  • Funding and Support for Exporters
  • The Tradeshow Access Programme
  • UK Export Finance’s General Export Facility
There will also be a Q&A session with Pete Chapman and Jane Cooper.

You can register for this Webinar here

Please send your questions in advance to Alice, the MIA’s General Manager – 

Here’s some more information on the speakers for this event:

Pete Chapman – International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade, Staffordshire.

Pete has been supporting businesses across Staffordshire to trade internationally for 8 years. He supports companies of all sizes and has extensive experience of working with creative, tech, services and e-commerce businesses but enjoys working with any exciting business across all sectors.

Prior to this he lived in Japan for a number of years working in retail & the music industry and Pete also worked for DIT based at the British Embassy in Tokyo before returning to the UK in 2010.

Jane Cooper – Export Finance Manager for Coventry & Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Birmingham, UK Export Finance

Jane has worked with Midlands-based exporters for 7 years, providing free, impartial support on trade finance and credit insurance, helping to identify solutions to companies’ financing needs.

She previously worked in the banking sector, supporting international companies and arranging a variety of facilities.  Jane also held a number of finance and risk management roles in both the construction and energy sectors for Tarmac and National Grid.  Whilst working for National Grid she was also responsible for managing the credit risk arising in the gas shipper community, working closely with Ofgem. Jane is a graduate member of the Institute of Export.

Also happening next week –
UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement: Launch of Virtual Spring Mission

Tuesday 2nd March 9am – 10.30am LINK to register

Since January 2021, the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with Japan, the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country. Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to announce a series of business focused UK-Japan Trade events.

This unprecedented trade mission will be run over the Spring period and is truly historic in its ambition. We would be delighted for you to be a part of it.

On the 2nd of March 2021 at 09:00 GMT, the Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, will launch the ‘Partnering with Japan – Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement Series’. The 90-minute launch event will not only provide expert insight into the Japanese market and how the Free Trade Agreement can benefit business but will also enable participating companies to develop their knowledge of how to succeed and support their plans for engaging with the Japanese market. We will also be explaining the benefits on offer of DIT’s in-house Export Academy, and the wide range of support you can receive from our Strategic Partner, Export to Japan.

To get involved and join the launch event, businesses and organisations can Sign Up Here to this free event which will include sessions with the Minister, experts in Japan and leading figures from UK companies.