Export news in brief: risk assessments, travel, IOE, training

Export news in brief
Export news in brief

SMEs less likely to carry out risk assessments for employees in high risk areas

Larger corporates are twice more likely than SMEs (53% compared to 25%) to say that they conduct risk assessments for employees travelling abroad if the area in question is deemed high risk.

The latest research from Collinson Group asked if their business has a corporate travel risk partner in place in addition to a travel management company (TMC) - the research found that one in 10 of larger corporates and one in 20 SME’s did not. Furthermore, a quarter (25%) of larger corporates and just under a third (31%) of SMEs reported that they did not have a risk management strategy contained within their own corporate travel policy.

In terms of pre-travel briefings under half (47%) of HR professionals at larger corporates said they ensure employees are issued with company guidelines with regards to safety and security when travelling on business, reducing to 40% for SMEs.

New course to help businesses sell overseas

The Institute of Export (IOE) is continuing to support the UK’s buoyant service sector - which represents 80% of UK exports - by launching a unique professional award in how to sell Services, Skills and Software Overseas.

Benefitting wide-ranging companies and a variety of students, the course has been designed for those working or intending to work in ‘pure’ service industries - such as finance, legal, software and tourism.

Also covered in the programme is a recognition of the growing ‘manu-services’ sector, in which manufacturers combine their goods with services to competitively satisfy their customers’ needs. The course enables students to adapt their learning to these industries.

Selling Services, Skills and Software Overseas can be taken as both as an Award level qualification or as an elective in the IOE’s Advanced Certificate in International Trade.

IOE director general Lesley Batchelor OBE said: “As the only UK professional body that offers formal, recognised qualifications in International Trade, this is the latest in our suite of qualifications to embed professionalism in international trade.

“It’s thanks to the service sector that the UK's total trade gap widened by just £300m last year and our new Selling Services, Skills and Software Overseas award continues our programme to take export education into the 21st century via digital platforms.”