Exporting is GREAT

The Exporting is GREAT campaign is an initiative of the Department for Business & Trade to raise awareness of both the huge benefits for businesses of exporting and also the wide range of opportunities available in markets around the world. 

The Exporting is GREAT website has lots of information about where you can get help and support including new online tools and also lots of information about specific opportunities for your business.

We believe exporting is good for business and we encourage you to have a look at the website and make use of the resources. You can also get in touch with us if you need any help with any aspect of developing your export strategy.

The demand is out there and you could be too!

John Speak Language Trust

Being a French and German speaker, I am naturally enthusiastic about the importance of learning languages and so I wanted to highlight the fantastic opportunities made available to people through the John Speak Language Trust.

The John Speak Languages Scholarship can provide you with complementary funding to assist you to travel overseas to study a language.

Mastering one or several languages provides enjoyment and a wider understanding of the world in which we live.  In addition, language speakers are in demand by employers.  By applying for a John Speak Language Scholarship, you are stating that you would like to use your mastery of languages in a manner that will benefit the UK economy.

The John Speak Languages Trust was set up in 1924 when a Bradford visionary left significant funds for the purpose of helping students to improve their language skills in order to support the export trade of UK goods and services. This visionary was John Speak, a leading figure in the Yorkshire textile industry.

John Speak anonymously donated these funds to the Bradford Chamber of Commerce as he recognized that whilst English is a widely-used language, long-lasting and strong commercial relationships are more often born by genuinely understanding other languages and cultures.

The trust has funded many scholarships to countries such as wide-reaching as Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, France, Germany and Burma to name but a few.

To find out more, please visit the John Speak Language Trust website at

Selling Services Internationally

The UK exports a wide range of services to markets all over the world. These include financial and professional services, education and training, IT, creative and design services, HR and consultancy. UK expertise is highly valued around the world and winning international clients can be a great way to grow and raise the profile of your business.

Why not start thinking about whether you could sell your service to customers around the worldStart thinking about what it is that makes you and your service stand out and what value you can add to businesses around the world.

We have helped businesses sell services to markets in all corners of the globe and have helped many companies gear themselves up to be ready for doing business in international markets. We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to make the right impressions internationally and make your services stand out to your international contacts. We can also help you identify where in the world you and your business will be in demand.

If you’d like to know more about selling services internationally and would like to talk about how we can help your business, please get in touch.

Privacy Policy

In the light of GDPR regulations concerning data protection, we have updated our Privacy Policy. It contains information about how we manage any personal data that we collect during the course of our business. You can view our updated Privacy Policy here

IBA Conference Rome – October 2018

This year the International Bar Association (IBA) will be holding its international conference in the historical city of Rome.

The conference runs from 7th – 12th October and is the leading annual gathering of international lawyers. If you are a law firm with a strategy for international growth and you are interested in developing connections with like-minded law firms from around the world, this is definitely the event for you.

The conference has sessions on a wide range of subject matters together with a large number of networking events usually held in interesting locations around the host city and also a large exhibition area where you can meet experts providing a range of services to law firms.

We have been attending IBA conferences for over 12 years so if you’d like to find out more about this event and how to make the most of it, please do contact us.

You can register online here

Please note that if you register by 20th July you will benefit from a reduced early bird registration fee.

IBA Conference – October 2017

The annual international conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) will be taking place 8th – 13th October in Sydney and full details including how to register can be found here.

This IBA conference is the leading event for law firms that want to develop internationally and win business from overseas clients. Attended by in excess of 7,000 lawyers from all corners of the globe, you have the opportunity to develop those all-important personal links with like-minded lawyers from around the world – and do it all in one place!

In addition there are seminars, roundtables, networking events and many other opportunities for you to expand your horizons and gain inspiration for your international strategy.

For more than 10 years, Russell Business Services has been helping law firms make the most of the opportunities that the IBA conference offers. If you’d like to find out how the IBA conference can help your law firm raise its profile internationally or would like to discuss any other aspect of your international strategy, please contact us


Fintech North 2017

Following the success of the inaugural event earlier last year, FinTech North 2017 is once again set to take place during Leeds Digital Festival week and aims to attract 350 delegates and support from the FinTech community in the Leeds City Region.

FinTech North 2017 will be hosted on the 26th April 2017 in Leeds. The goal of the event is to generate collaboration and knowledge share within the financial services and technology community and to generate tangible economic benefits for the region.

The agenda for the one-day conference will feature a number of well-known keynote speakers who will cover topics including innovation, alternative finance, big data and analytics, machine learning, digital identity and authentication.

Click here for more details and to register.

IBA Conference 2015 – Vienna

This year’s International Bar Association (IBA) conference takes place in Vienna from 4th – 9th October. If you are a lawyer and are serious about developing international connections for your business, this is an event that you cannot afford to miss and the deadline for early discounted registration is this week (Friday 17th July). Read more

Expo Milano 2015

The Universal Exposition that is Expo Milano 2015 opened its doors in May. It runs through to October with a theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and will be focusing on the challenges and opportunities of nutrition and the resources of our planet. This is a huge opportunity for companies in these areas to showcase their expertise and meet valuable international contacts. Read more

Export Week 18th – 22nd May

It is Export Week once again and events and activities designed to help businesses export are being run all around the country. If you are thinking about exporting, why not go along to one of the events. Details can be found via

If you want to catch up with me, I will be attending a healthcare event in Sheffield on 18th May, attending a rail conference in Doncaster on 20th May and presenting at the UK Trade & Investment Piecing It Together event in Barnsley on 21st May. I hope to see you there!

Export Week 10th -14th November

It is Export Week and all around the country events and activities are being organised to encourage businesses to export. If you are thinking about exporting, why not go along to one of the events. Read more

2014 IBA Conference – Tokyo

Russell Business Services was delighted to be present at the 2014 International Bar Association (IBA) international conference held this year in Tokyo in October. With around 7,000 lawyers attending from every corner of the globe, this conference is considered to be the leading conference for lawyers who are looking to develop the international profile and connections of their law firm.

As usual this year, the conference offered a mix of high quality training and development sessions, lively forums for discussion and debate and perhaps most importantly, a range of exciting opportunities for networking at a range of interesting venues.  Read more

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