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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Where We Are Now

The New Zealand School of Export has just added a copy of this book to its collection - you can check it out at: http://ets.kohalibrary.com/

The section on Finance and Commerce covers: Money, Wealth, Debt, Globalization, Work, Advertising, Fair Trade, Arms and Organized Crime.  If you are thinking or doing one of the School's courses: the Exporter Growth Programme, or, the Diploma of International Trade,  this chapter would be great as background for the first Module: Global Business Environment.

You can check out the contents of this Module at:

'Where We Are Now' has great graphics and presents information in a way that makes you say: "I didn't know that".  My only gripe with what is an excellent resource is that New Zealand doesn't seem to figure at all!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Inventing the 21st Century - London Exhibition

Inventing the 21st Century

If you are going to be in London between the 6 September and the 28 November 2010, why not visit the British Library and have a look at this exhibition. It tells you the stories behind the inventions of this, the first decade of the 21st century.

This exhibition is supported by the British Library's Business & IP Centre which you can check out at: http://www.bl.uk/bipc/

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Business Link - do you get it?

Have you subscribed to MFAT's newsletter Business Link?  It is available electronically and you can subscribe by emailing your name, business and email address to: tplu@mfat.govt.nz

The June/July issue has just come out and it is really valuable round-up of all that is going on with trade agreement negotiations as well as a good source on MFAT's Roadshows.  The Papua New Guinea ones have just started with Hamilton and Tauranga tomorrow 8 July and Auckland on the 9th.  As well there will be Intellectual Property in Brazil seminars next week 13-16 July in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington.

I think it is really worthwhile and because it is delivered to you electronically - you can discard if there is nothing on your market!

Monday, 5 July 2010

International Mobility

Witht the increasing emphasis on New Zealand exporting companies having a presence in the world and particularly in their export markets, it is highly likely that employees of those companies will be asked to work overseas.   This may be part of setting up and staffing an office in a new marekt, or it may be part of a joint venture or offshore manufacturing plant.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK has developed a resource called "International Mobility" which, while it reflects its UK origins and audience, is useful in any of these situations where staff might move from home to a new export market to work.

It includes a series of checklists under the headings:
  • Preparation and planning
  • Remuneration, benefits and allowances
  • Guarantees of success
Such a resource is recommended if your company is in this situation and especially if you don't have an HR department.   For further information about this resource contact: library@export.ac.nz

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Whanganui Matters

A group of people in Whanganui have just issued the first number of this magazine called "Wanganui Matters or Whanganui matters" sub-titled 'Wanganui's signature business and lifestyle magazine'. The cover features some examples of the glass objects coming from Whanganui's Glass School.

Inside there are articles about manufacturing companies who are exporting such as GDM Group, a piece about the Lean Wanganui Group which is based on Demming's 'Lean Philosophy' and mention of a trade training school which has been established.

It's great to see a small city such as Whanganui telling the world what's happening there and especially about its exporters. Watch out for a copy. ELIS can provide you with a copy of the Table of Contents or articles of relevance to you and your business activity - email: library@export.ac.nz
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