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It’s more than just increased revenues and profits – it’s a simple fact that the value of a business increases through International Expansion, whether measured by share price or eventual sale valuation. I am Oliver Dowson, International Expansion Specialist, CEO of ICC and Angel Investor. Over the last 40 years, I have travelled extensively in over 120 countries, created, managed and sold businesses in 10 countries on my own account, and many others in more countries for clients.

It’s more than just increased revenues and profits – it’s a simple fact that the value of a business increases through International Expansion, whether measured by share price or eventual sale valuation. I am Oliver Dowson, International Expansion Specialist, CEO of ICC and Angel Investor. Over the last 40 years, I have travelled extensively in over 120 countries, created, managed and sold businesses in 10 countries on my own account, and many others in more countries for clients.
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It’s more than just increased revenues and profits – it’s a simple fact that the value of a business increases through International Expansion, whether measured by share price or eventual sale valuation. I am Oliver Dowson, International Expansion Specialist, CEO of ICC and Angel Investor. Over the last 40 years, I have travelled extensively in over 120 countries, created, managed and sold businesses in 10 countries on my own account, and many others in more countries for clients.

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Free Trade Agreements – Past Successes and Failures – What Lessons Can We Learn? #37

7/15/2019
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In this series of four Grow through International Expansion podcasts and articles, our host Oliver Dowson explores all the key aspects of Free Trade Agreements, adding in the missing bits that the selective explanations from politicians and many journalists omit, stripping away false optimism and pessimism, with the aim of presenting the full and clear explanations that entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers need. There are now more than 400 Trade Agreements in force globally, some of them...

Duration:00:20:54

Free Trade Agreements – The World Trade Organisation, Gatt And The Other Players You Need To Know About #36

7/8/2019
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Most export-minded business people – and certainly almost all politicians - enthusiastically expect Free Trade Agreements to bring them great business growth. Others, however, fear their impact, and with the growth of populism and “My Country First” ideologies, there’s been a backlash against “globalisation”. One common thread here is that most people, whichever side they’re on, don’t understand the whole picture. That’s hardly surprising, as it’s a much more complicated subject than it...

Duration:00:21:44

Free Trade Agreements – The Principles Explained #35

7/1/2019
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Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are treaties between two or more countries that dictate the tariffs, taxes and duties imposed on imports and exports, and the regulations that are applied on quality, safety and other relevant matters. Not all Trade Agreements are free – and even in a Free Trade Agreement, it’s not necessarily the case that all imports and exports are zero-rated. Nevertheless, the term is invariably used – and the “free” is just one of the many wrong assumptions and...

Duration:00:30:00

Want to Become an Expert in Free Trade Agreements? #34

6/27/2019
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Introducing the new series on international Free Trade Agreements that we'll be publishing on Grow through International Expansion over the next few weeks

Duration:00:06:28

Seeing across the world with Augmented Reality with Patrick Liddy | UtilityAR #33

6/10/2019
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Augmented Reality sounds so exciting. Put on the magic glasses and escape to another world….. But let’s come down to earth. It’s certainly a technology that promises amazing things and, with the right application, can bring huge new benefits to business. In this podcast, our host Oliver Dowson is talking with Patrick Liddy, a founder of UtilityAR. They’ve developed a great application of Augmented Reality – or AR as it’s abbreviated – for engineering. Patrick is an energy engineer by...

Duration:00:29:06

Resolving the HR issues of Emigration – with Chris Carman #32

6/2/2019
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For decades, Australia has been the migration destination of choice for so many people. If you’re doubtful, you only have to visit to understand why. I’ve often described it as what the UK ought to be like with added space and, of course, sunshine. Nowadays skilled migrants go there from all over the world. In this podcast I’m talking to Chris Carman, a specialist in helping people emigrate to Australia and aiding companies transfer staff there. In doing that, over the past decade, he and...

Duration:00:13:17

Propelling Business Through Disruption to Success with Dan Simmons | Propelia #31

5/23/2019
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In this podcast I’m talking with Dan Simmons of Propelia about how he helps company founders and CEOs navigate through new challenges – let’s call them disruptors – that conspire to upset the status quo of their business. Over the last 20 years, Dan has helped many Start Ups and Scale Ups strategically leverage their thinking, brand and IP to disrupt new market sectors. He is a recognised Thought Leader in how disruption can be repositioned from a creative, strategic and planning point of...

Duration:00:38:38

Bonne Chance en France with Bernard Hot #30

5/12/2019
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France is such an interesting country. Politically and economically, it’s one of the strongest countries not only in Europe but the World. It’s a market of 60 million, and although a large country it has great infrastructure. It has a reputation - perhaps unparalleled - for culture and gastronomy. It has a beautiful and varied landscape. With 87 million visitors a year, there is no other country in the world visited by more tourists. Many are British, of course, because physically, it’s the...

Duration:00:36:34

Extinction Rebellion is an International Issue #29

5/3/2019
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I'm not in London this week, but I've been following the Extinction Rebellion with interest, especially having spent most of my career playing a small part in helping corporations reduce their energy consumption and improve environmental impact. There's a lot that needs to be done, but in my opinion, the priority is not in the UK but elsewhere - and that should be a clarion call for startup businesses that are developing solutions to move immediately to international expansion. I've made a...

Duration:00:09:35

Expanding Opportunities for Foreign and Local Companies in the Czech Republic #28

4/28/2019
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One of the European countries that I visit where I’ve seen the greatest changes and most rapid development is the Czech Republic. I first went to the then Czechoslovakia in 1977, long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, so obviously you’d expect the changes since then to be massive. But I’m actually referring to just the last decade. When I first set up a company in Prague in 2009, with a Czech colleague who remains a great friend, it was a relatively quiet city. The Czech Republic had...

Duration:00:33:22

Mentoring Startup Expansion Plans #27

4/13/2019
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Most ambitious small business owners who want to grow big know that they need to plan international expansion. Most times, though, they’re not sure where to go, what to do or how to do it – or they have preconceptions (and sometimes prejudices) that direct their thinking towards a specific market or country. Entrepreneurs who seek independent advice either don’t have such preconceptions or are prepared to have them blown away. They’ve mostly already talked to the normal sources of advice,...

Duration:00:09:09

Exploring the Advantages of Free Trade Zones #26

4/7/2019
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Historically, Free Trade Zones were confined to manufacturing and warehousing, but in recent years they’ve also been housing office operations, liked the shared service centres we were talking about in an earlier episode of Grow through International Expansion. Where they exist, Free Trade Zones bring some obvious advantages to businesses setting up in another country. To start with, the “Free” means free of taxes – essentially they are zones physically within one country that treat every...

Duration:00:23:27

How FinTech is Growing in LATAM with Martin Naor | Bankingly #25

3/31/2019
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One of the most exciting and active sectors of business for new startups all over the world is FinTech – Financial Technology. Briefly, that’s the application of information technology to the world of finance. The term FinTech really shot to fame – or perhaps infamy - with the rise of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin in the last two or three years. But, whilst there are a lot of recent startup companies working with such cryptocurrencies, it would be a big mistake to assume that’s the whole...

Duration:00:10:42

No Branch Should be an Island #24

3/24/2019
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A story of discovering why cohesive corporate identity matters Walk through the doors of any branch in the world of a major retail chain, and you might forget which country you’re in. They really are all the same. Those multinationals have spent millions on brand identity – and replicate it wherever they go. Not so the offices and factories of other types of business. The sign over the door may be the same, but very often, that’s where it stops. This podcast is a solo by our host,...

Duration:00:11:04

Hedging Currency To Avoid Costly Mistakes With Barry Mccarthy | Assure Hedge #23

3/17/2019
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If your company sells abroad, you’ll probably be getting paid in a different currency to your own. And you’ll certainly be aware that there’s a lot of volatility in exchange rates. You work out the price today, when you send out the quote, but you might not get paid for months – and by then the exchange rate could be very different. Maybe in your favour, but you could easily lose out. There’s a potential solution, currency hedging. But isn’t it something that only huge multinationals can...

Duration:00:25:43

3 Things You Didn’t Know About GDPR with Henry Herbert | Herbert & Ball #22

3/10/2019
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What do you know about GDPR? You’ve almost certainly seen a buzz of publicity about it in the last year, and will have received dozens of emails asking you to “opt in”. It’s not just email. Any business that holds personal data on a computer – so every business - has to comply with GDPR. It’s about to become more complicated. For example, non-EU companies – including the UK after Brexit – have to appoint a GDPR administrator within the EU. To unravel the rules, Oliver Dowson talks in this...

Duration:00:21:25

Insights Into Exporting with Douglas Jackson | DNA Business Engineering #21

3/7/2019
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“Who ordered the battered cod” doesn’t sound like a book about exporting. But it is, written by a real expert in the field, Doug Jackson. We think it’s a must-read for anyone in business thinking about exporting – and even those who are seasoned exporters will find many useful insights. Doug explains the important methodologies of export through a whole panoply of his own anecdotal experiences, as well as those of others. In this podcast, Doug talks about his book and life experiences with...

Duration:00:18:45

Gateway to the Baltic States and points East with Martins Tiknuss | Gateway & Partners #20

3/3/2019
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More countries off the usual business radar. Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia…. Most business people don’t know much about them, except they were long ago part of the USSR, and are popular for weekends away in summer months. In this podcast, Oliver Dowson talks to Martins Tiknuss, CEO of Gateway Partners, based in Riga, Latvia, about business opportunities across all three of the Baltic states, and also in Bulgaria, Romania and less travelled but rapidly emerging countries such as Georgia and...

Duration:00:13:20

Bosnia & Herzogovina – A Country Off The Usual Business Radar with Zlatan Vujanović #19

2/27/2019
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What do you know about Bosnia and Herzogivina? Chances are, not very much. And certainly there don’t seem to be many business leaders talking about international expansion who’ve got it on their radar. Maybe that’s a significant oversight. Oliver is often telling people that they shouldn’t just consider the “usual suspects” but look more widely, as there can be real advantages in expanding in countries that the competition have also not yet reached. Recently he was able to update his own...

Duration:00:12:59

When Picking a State, Who Should Focus on Southern Virginia with Joe Anwyl #18

2/24/2019
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In another recent podcast we talked about why businesses expand to the United States. But it’s a huge country with 50 states and they’re all different – not just geographically, but in terms of laws, culture and doing business generally. So where do you go? Well, that depends on why you’re setting up in the States, what sort of business you’re in and what markets you’re trying to reach. Recently I met up with Joe Anwyl to talk about one state in which he specialises, Southern...

Duration:00:11:45