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Are you ready to Go Global?

By Thomas Costello - August 22, 2016

Small businesses with big ideas

Business, like imagination, knows no borders. That is why we are offering you  the chance to win a trip to grow and expand their businesses on three special trade missions set up by our partners, Enterprise Nation.

Go Global is a unique opportunity to take your business to the next level by taking it to another country. Our competition is open to start-ups and small businesses who dare to think big. For those looking to discover new markets, we have 1 customer place up for grabs on 3 trips in 2016 to Amsterdam, New York and China/ Hong Kong. All flights, accommodation, mission activities and Go Global mission pack are included. The competition is specific and open to businesses in specific sectors including homeware, retail and  ‘makers’. If your business fits the bill – let us know and we hope to send you on one of the Go Global trade missions.

Ready to Go Global? Here’s how…

Amsterdam, 22nd to 23rd September 2016   

Is your business ready to Go Global in Amsterdam? This trade mission is open to businesses within the living and home-ware sectors. This trip will help you to understand how to do business in the Netherlands, meet other successful entrepreneurs, meet buyers and retailers and rub shoulders with HSBC, Made.com, John Lewis and KPMG.

Deadline for entries: PASSED

New York, 3rd to 5th October 2016

Ready for some business retail therapy in the Big Apple? This trip is tailor-made for those looking to ring up transatlantic business growth. This journey of a business lifetime will connect you with retail experts, buyers and bloggers. The trip to New York will introduce you to the latest retail technologies, successful American and British entrepreneurs and go behind the scenes of some of the hottest Manhattan companies. And, the chance to rub shoulders with American Eagle, Etsy, Skype and Bing.

Deadline for entries: 9th September 2016

Hong Kong and China, 9th – 14th November

Are you ready to open the door to new business opportunities in mainland China? This journey will take you to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. This trip, designed for makers and companies looking to source production in China and companies looking to sell to consumers in China. On this trip, you will meet buyers, manufacturers, distributors and agents. Rub shoulders with HSBC, UPS and KPMG.

Deadline for entries: 16th September 2016

How to Go Global

For a chance to win a business trip of a lifetime just follow the below three steps:

1)    Get social and follow 123 Reg on Facebook and Twitter

2)    Tell us why your business should Go Global

3)    Mark your post with #123GoAmsterdam, #123GoNewYork or 123GoHongKong

What does it mean to Go Global?

In April, 123 Reg supported Charlotte Allen, owner of high-end fashion designer Klements.co.uk on its first sponsored Go Global mission to Berlin. The mission, helped Charlotte forge relationships with new retailers and stockists that she may otherwise never have met, but also share invaluable experiences with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

‘The trip was crucial. It was a real eye opener to new opportunities and tap into a new market. I picked up a super new stockist based in Frankfurt, along with new customers at the pop shop event. But just as important was meeting like-minded people, running businesses similar to mine. We were able to share advice and contacts and we have all remained in touch since. Any time that you are able to step away from your place of work and evaluate is invaluable, but to do it in such a way was amazing. I have come back focused, driven and fresh armed with new knowledge and contacts to act on.’

So, are you ready to embark on a trade mission of a lifetime?