Theatre 18

Wednesday 17th May

Thursday 18th May


11.00 - 11.30

João Gil Figueira

Portugal – a safe and tax efficient jurisdiction for global entrepreneurs and retirees

Overview of Portugal’s residency, citizenship and tax regimes for enterprises and individuals.


11.45 - 12.15

Saud Al Mazrouei

Expanding Business Globally

As the Middle East and Africa becomes an ever more lucrative destination for global businesses, the competition to secure that business becomes equally as fierce. Minimal costs and maximum efficiency play a large role but ultimately it is the delivery of the entire package which will see the strongest businesses thrive. At SAIF ZONE we believe that we not only provide that package for this region, we deliver a product that connects our partners to the rest of the world. So the seminar will be directed towards how to take your business globally esp. concentrating on Middle East region.


12.30 - 13.00

Simon Smiley

European Challenger brands in the Chinese eCommerce market

Launching products into the Chinese market used to be costly and complicated. With the explosive growth of cross border eCommerce in China, supplying products from Europe direct to a Chinese consumer has never been easier. Forget everything you’ve heard about accessing the Chinese market. Join us to hear about the newest and easiest routes to selling your products to the 400 million Chinese consumers already buying online.


14.00 - 14.30

Emil Stickland

International eCommerce

A synopsis of the major barriers to international ecommerce, and how companies might overcome them to maximise cross-border trade online.


14.45 - 15.15

Martyn Redman

EU VAT Focus - Pitfalls, Penalties & Solutions

Tax authorities across Europe are being given increasing powers to investigate VAT compliance and increasingly stringent penalties are being introduced. It is therefore of paramount importance - for businesses of all sizes - to successfully manage all VAT obligations. Martyn will discuss this and investigate how technology can provide you with an efficient solution.


15.30 - 16.00

Brian Dakers

Brexit Toolkit – Assess the impact on your business

Brexit presents a great opportunity for UK businesses to thrive international. Brian Dakers, International Trade Manager at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the opportunities and potential impact of Brexit on your business. With the United Kingdom expected to leave the Customs Union, Brian will demonstrate how to calculate the potential tax and duty costs of raw material and component imports, and potential tariffs on European sales, using a simple online tool. In addition, what are the likely post-Brexit regulation changes, procedural changes and available customs regimes to minimise the impact.