West Cheshire & North Wales International Trade Forum

24th April 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Churchill House, Queens Park Campus, Queens Park Road, Chester CH4 7AD (View Map)

Hosted By: West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce


Theme – Setting Up Business in the USA and Belgium and BREXIT Update

In response to feedback from the last meeting in which you requested more information on the impact of BREXIT on international trade, we are delighted to introduce our first speaker Mr John Spargo of Customs 558 Ltd who will be speaking on Imports, Exports and BREXIT – what will change?

We are also very pleased to welcome along to our Forum, Mr Russ Froneberger from Global Consulting, North Carolina, USA, Mr John Lummus, CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance, USA and Laurence Slangen, Head of Trade and Investment with Economic Development Agency of the Belgian Province of Liege

Their specialised topic will be on how to access the American and Belgian markets, including how to find trustworthy American partners, such as Agents, Distributors and Joint Venture Partners.

Bio – John Spargo – Customs 558 Limited

John has over 30 year’s successful experience as a policy advisor on Customs and Excise Duties in the UK and Europe.  A highly respected trade representative with over ten years advocacy experience in the European Oil Industry.

John is also a very experienced trainer covering all aspects of Customs and Excise compliance. John will be presenting on the impact of BREXIT on imports and export.

Bio – Russ Froneberger – Global Consulting, North Carolina, USA

Russ Froneberger has over forty-five years’ experience in assisting British and Continental European companies to get set up in America and to find trustworthy American partners, such as Agents, Distributors and Joint Venture Partners. He spent twenty years in senior positions with two multinational banks before forming Global Consulting in 1991.

While he has advised a number of large European companies, working with SME companies is his consulting passion. Over the last ten years, Russ has conducted seminars and workshops around the U.K. with various themes of “Doing Business in the U.S.”  Russ’ commitment to the U.K. can be seen with the formation of Global Consulting’s European Office, in London, in 2014.

John Lummus CEO – Upstate SC Alliance, USA

John Lummus serves as the President and CEO for the Upstate SC Alliance. In this role, he is responsible for driving the overall direction of the Alliance as well as developing relationships and supporting collaboration throughout the region.

Prior to his current position at the Upstate SC Alliance, Lummus served as Vice President of Economic and Institutional Advancement at Tri-County Technical College, a position he held for eight years. John also served as Director of the Anderson County Office of Economic Development and worked to recruit new industry while supporting existing industry throughout the county.

A native of Anderson, John is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC).  He is also a graduate of the South Carolina Economic Developer’s School, USC’s Higher Education Leadership Program, and the national Executive Leadership Institute conducted by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.  In May of 2015, John received his SCCED (South Carolina Certified Economic Developer) certification.

Russ and John have kindly offered to meet with delegates after the meeting in the Chamber offices to discuss market entry into the US further on a 1-2-1 basis.  If you would like to book a meeting with them, please contact d.hancox@wcnwchamber.org.uk to discuss or call 01244 669984 to arrange.

Laurence Slangen – Head of Trade and Investment with Economic Development Agency of the Belgian Province of Liege

Laurence was born in Liège, Belgium, and was educated at Liège University (Belgium) and Laval University, Quebec City (Canada).

She is in charge of the Foreign Investors’ Service at SPI, the Economic Development Agency of the province of Liege, Belgium. As such she provides all round services from site selection to aftercare to foreign companies wishing to set up in Liège.

Laurence is also currently jointly in charge of the international promotion of SPoW, the network of the science and technology parks of Wallonia, Manager of the Val Benoit business centre in Liège and Manager of the SPI buildings and parks in the German-speaking part of the province of Liège.

Laurence’s background includes over 25 years in the field of economic development. Before joining SPI, she worked in the field of TOEFL for a few years and more specifically as a lecturer in English at the Solvay Business School of Brussels’ Free University.

Laurence holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dutch and English and a Master’s Degree in translation.

Our final presenter is Mr Gary Baylis, MIEx – Managing Director – Export Access

Gary is the Authorized Agent for UK & Ireland for REGISTRAR CORP, USA – the leading global provider of compliance services for foreign suppliers exporting products to the USA that are regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

If there are any companies that are interested in venturing into the US Market, it’s very important that they take account of any regulatory barriers that may affect their products. The FDA now regulates the importation of 11% (by value) of total US imports, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologicals and cosmetics.

If you are a business contemplating whether to start to export or are already working in export and looking to expand and break into new markets, please come along to meet a wealth of experts and support organisations who will be more than pleased to help you take your first steps into export or leap into new opportunities!

Registration starts at 12:00 noon in the Eisenhower Suite, Churchill Building, Chester.  Lunch is from 12:00 until 1pm and the meeting closes at 15:00.

This event is free of charge including lunch and refreshments courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.

Look forward to seeing you there!


“Presenters very good, delivering with style and humour and covering a good cross section of topics” “This was our first meeting which we found to be excellent and we will be coming again”

“Having people talking about specific countries as opposed to sectors was quite powerful”

“Nice buzz in the room, enjoyed it all”

“Gained a lot of knowledge especially via challenging questions”



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