Trade on the agenda at Business Insight evening

Published 12 November 2008

International trade opportunities and the impact of the global credit crunch on Australian importers will be among the topics up for discussion at the second Business Insight evening to be held in Broadbeach next Wednesday November 19.

Presented by Southern Cross University’s Graduate College of Management, the free Business Insight evening will include three guest speakers and an informal meet and greet to give guests the chance to discuss all their business related questions.

Presenters will include Alan Preston, managing director of Cape Byron Imports, a leading watersport wholesaler. Alan has extensive experience in international trade, having worked and lived in Asia for over 10 years.

Alan said that his experience of owning and operating a large distribution company allowed him to offer practical advice to businesses.

He will provide insight on his experiences of owning and operating a large distribution company and provide practical advice on product and channel diversification and international trade. Mr Preston will also discuss the impact of the global credit crunch on Australian importers.

Also on the agenda will be the increasing opportunities for investment in Vietnam’s growing economy.

Dr Nguyen The Tho, director, Securities Issuance Management Department, State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), will discuss both the business and foreign investment environments, including the capital market.

Dr Tho beat high level academics from around the world to win the Endeavour Australian Cheung Kong Research Fellowship from the Minister for Education, Science and Training, on behalf of the Federal Government, and has chosen to complete his research fellowship with Southern Cross University at the Tweed Gold Coast campus.

A third presentation, from Ross Guidice, the TradeStart export advisor for the Gold Coast, will provide advice to prospective exporters on getting started and discuss how current exporters can increase export sales and enter new markets. Ross will also outline international market opportunities and the support available to exporters.

The free Business Insight evening will take place on Wednesday, November 19, at the Sofitel in Broadbeach at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Seats are limited. For more information call 07 5506 9306 or email brooke.charlton@scu.edu.au


Photo: Dr Tho will be one of the speakers on the night.

Media contact: Zuleika Henderson media officer, Southern Cross University Tweed Gold Coast campus: 07 5506 9385 or 0408 644533