Expert on business advocates ‘sticking with the knitting!’

Published: 9 October 2009 at 11:08

How to explore new markets - ‘Turning Point’ seminar on International Business Development

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Over a hundred senior managers and business owners from Cambridgeshire attended the first Turning Point seminar Developing a competitive edge. Academic speaker Robert Jones left delegates with some thought-provoking messages, encouraging businesses to really understand their business strengths and ‘stick with your knitting!’ His advice was to build new business using core competencies, doing more of what a business does well. This point was illustrated by Grahame Nix, Chief Operating Officer at Marshall Aerospace.

Grahame said:

"Marshalls Group’s success has been built on the fundamental strengths of the company and our innovative world leading skills in design and technology. I encourage companies to grasp opportunities and dedicate time and resource to taking new ideas forward."

For those businesses ready to grasp new opportunities in International markets but perhaps not sure where to start, the next seminar Turning Point seminar on Wednesday 4 November is about Pushing Back Boundaries, highlighting the benefits and issues associated with international business development. Chris Parkhouse, MD of Cambridge based business development experts Deyton Bell will once again Chair the seminar, and this time joining Chris will be Professor Terry Mughan, Professor of International Management and Marcus Deeley, Deputy Director of UKTI in the East of England. UKTI is the government agency that helps UK based companies to internationalise. UKTI provide business opportunities, expert trade advice and support to companies wishing to grow their business overseas.

Turning Point seminars are held once a month at Coslett Building Lecture Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, covering topical business issues:

  • Pushing back boundaries: International business development  (4 November 2009)
  • Connecting with people: news ways of reaching target audiences (2 December 2009)
  • Building bridges: collaboration & partnership (27 January 2010)
  • Risky business? responsibility, risk management and leadership (24 February 2010)
  • Winning the jackpot! Creating value in a business (24 March 2010)

The first seminar was fully booked so please book early to avoid disappointment. Email or telephone 0845 196 3177. Full seminar listings are available at, click on the events calendar.