The Netherlands is the fourth most densely populated country and 16th largest economy in the world. It's an ideal environment for first-time exporters.
Enterprise Nation’s third small business trade mission of 2016 is to Amsterdam from 22 - 23 September, with a focus on homewares. The trip features special guest mission go-er, Anna Rigby, head homewares buyer for John Lewis.
The two day, one-night mission is open to just 35 homewares brands, designers, makers and suppliers.
The programme includes visits to the John Lewis store-in-store at department store De Bijenkorf, 'the Selfridges' of Amsterdam, MADE.COM’s showroom, Makerversity, a full afternoon with practical sessions covering trade, tax, finance and shipping, and a city centre pop-up, giving you a real opportunity to test the market and make sales.
You'll meet buyers, bloggers and fellow homewares entrepreneurs on a mission that's been created to ensure you:
Book your ticket now to secure a place on what is set to be a productive and profitable mission.
Day one: Thursday 22 September
Flight from London Gatwick to Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam at 1.00pm
Session one: The market and your market entry strategy
2.00pm - 2.15pm Welcome to the mission
With Emma Jones founder of Enterprise Nation
2.15pm - 2.45pm Welcome to Amsterdam
Hear from the UK ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir Geoffrey Adams, who will welcome the mission to Amsterdam and discuss the opportunity for homeware brands in the Netherlands market.
3.00pm - 4.00pm How to do business in the Netherlands
Trade, tax and legal experts from KPMG offer an introduction to the Dutch market and a checklist on how to do business in the territory
4.00pm - 5.00pm: Show me the money
Hear from HSBC on how to access finance to export your products and services.
5.30pm - 6.30pm The opportunity in the Netherlands
Hear from IAMSTERDAM on the opportunities open to UK suppliers and designers in the Netherlands and how to quickly get connected in the market.
Session two: Go Global evening reception
7.30pm - 9.30pm Go Global evening reception
Reception hosted at Makerversity Amsterdam, with attending bloggers, pop-up professionals, local designers and makers so you can explore opportunities for collaboration.
Day two: Friday 23 September
Session three: Making an impact and making sales
10.00am - 11.00am How MADE.com entered the Netherlands
Visit to MADE Amsterdam showroom to meet and hear from Head of the Netherlands Damien Poelhekke who will talk on how MADE moved into the market, the story of their growth in the Netherlands, and what they look for in collaborating with designers and makers.
11.00am - 12.00pm Meet the buyers: De Bijenkorf & John Lewis
Hear from the home and accessory buyers from De Bijenkorf, the Selfridges of Amsterdam, and Anna Rigby from the John Lewis Group.
12.30pm - 1.30pm Visit to the John Lewis store in De Bijenkorf
Tour of the first John Lewis store-in-store in the Netherlands and hear from De Bijenkorf store manager on the characteristics of the Dutch consumer.
Session four: Get ready to pop-up!
2.30pm - 5.30pm Go Global Amsterdam homewares pop-up
An Amsterdam homewares showcase pop-up. Have your products seen in a retail setting by buyers, designers, bloggers and sell direct to Dutch consumers.
Flight Amsterdam to London Gatwick
Arrive in London at 9.00pm
What's included in the ticket?
If you have any questions, contact Go Global mission manager, Harriet Easton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Enterprise Nation Go Global mission to Amsterdam is supported by:
Terms and conditions: A booking represents confirmation of attendance and no refunds are available. Missed flights are not the responsibility of Enterprise Nation.
What previous mission attendees have said about the Go Global missions:
Tim Gentles, Drillboard, Go Global Shanghai 2015
"For me, this was probably the most influential trip of my life so far. I've come out of it with a deep sense of why I have my business, where I want to take it and what I want to achieve with it. Fellow mission goers, you’re a loveable, inspirational, empowering bunch! Very much looking forward to the reunion."
Claire Burrows, Air & Grace, Go Global Berlin 2016
"This trip has been life-changing! I wasn't aware of the labelled logistics from UPS and the PayPal solutions are the answer to my international payment issues. Thanks to all partners involved in the mission!"
Charlie Thuillier, Oppo Ice Cream, Go Global Dublin 2016
“EXPERTLY organised, fantastic content, and introductions to some incredible people. Not to mention the other missionaries!”
Leah Rodriges, HOLI, Go Global Berlin 2016
“A massive thank you to you and the entire Go Global Berlin team for such a great, well run trip. You guys did an awesome job!”
Jan van der Velde, Kit for Kids, Go Global Shanghai 2015
"There were a number of excellent speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds. This was tremendously useful, putting my mind at rest on some matters, and confirming that we are on the right track on others. However it wasn’t just the formal speakers. I learnt a great deal from my fellow missionaries. As a result my commitment to enter the Chinese market has become all the stronger and we are therefore accelerating our plans."
Isabelle Ugochukwu, Isabella Queen, Go Global Berlin 2016
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