Conference to help Kent businesses boost cross-Channel trade

Small and medium-sized companies in Kent with ambitions to do business across the Channel have the opportunity to take part in a special online conference next week.

It has been organised as part of the Innovative Sector Exchange project which provides support to businesses based in Kent, Hauts-de-France, East Flanders, West Flanders and the South West of the Netherlands.

As many businesses find themselves in challenging economic times, the conference includes several successful and well-known companies sharing their stories, insights into innovation and tips for growth.

A successful cross-border conference was held in Calais in December 2018. The second was planned for March 2020 in Bruges, Belgium, but this had to be postponed and is now being held virtually on Tuesday, 10 November.

The ISE project supports businesses from industry sectors including agri-food, digital and creative, new materials and mechatronics but is also keen to support innovative companies from other industry sectors.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mike Whiting

However, the project, which is part financed by the EU Interreg 5A 2 Seas Programme and European Regional Development Fund, is coming to an end at the end of December after four years in operation.

The final innovation conference, which is being organised by the seven ISE project partner organisations including KCC and the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at showcasing some of the SMEs who have participated in the project in the past. It will also give companies the opportunity to hear from leading businesses/researchers and innovation experts, and increase their awareness of innovation methods and emerging trends and technologies.

Cllr Mike Whiting, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is very much the type of cross-border co-operation we are building on with our partners in the Straits Committee to build on and protect cross-Channel commerce following the UK’s exit from the European Union.”

Presentations will be made by these international companies: DHL Express, ArcelorMittal, Beaulieu International Group, P&G, the Growcery and Workero, Philip Morris and Decathlon.

The following Youtube links show why those companies are supporting the conference:

Kent-based SMEs can register to attend the conference by either emailing  or calling 03000 421053 or via the ISE website: 

Further information on how the companies have benefitted from the ISE project, with some case study videos, can be found here –

Conference to help Kent businesses boost cross-Channel trade was last modified: February 8th, 2021 by Murray Evans