BFC Bank – Sky’s Adam Boulton: London to Retain Vital Role in International Trade

On 7 March 2018, Adam Boulton, Sunday Times columnist and Editor at Large for Sky News, will share his views on London's vital role in international trade at the Launch Event of BFC Bank at the Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB (the “Cheese Grater”).

Britain has been described as “a nation of shopkeepers”. This was no insult but a recognition that British commercial power is long established and is driven by numerous entrepreneurs, small and large, many of whom export around the world. BFC Bank supports these exporters, especially small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with international payment and foreign exchange services.

The UK’s international trade, in goods and services, continues to expand. While the UK runs a trade deficit with the rest of the world (a deficit dominated by trade with Germany and China), the shape of this trade is changing. Trade with the EU, while still important (exports to the EU represents 13% of GDP according to the Office for National Statistics, ONS), is shrinking year on year, while trade with markets such as the USA, Japan, and South Korea continues to climb slowly upwards. However, the importance of manufactured goods in UK international trade, compared with services, continues to decline.

Naturally enough these trends affect London. In 2015 the capital accounted for £131 billion of exports (out of a UK total of £512 billion, some 26%, ONS) of which services accounted for 77% (financial services were 28% of total services, GLA Economics). In other words, London is a significant economic and export centre within the UK. Banking services to the businesses that drive that trade are vital.

Adam Boulton will share his views on the importance of London as an international trade centre at this event. He will explore the support and services that smaller UK exporters need to thrive. SMEs that export to the EU and beyond are an important part of the UK’s economic success but until now agile small UK businesses have not been well served. BFC Bank aims to change that.

BFC Bank provides cost-effective solutions that simplify the management of international payments and foreign exchange. They help SMEs to control costs through transparent pricing and margins. BFC also provide a range of Multi-currency accounts that are an efficient and cost-effective way to manage cash across multiple currencies. Clients enjoy an easy-to-use online portal with support from a dedicated Relationship Manager and expert payments team.

After he has finished speaking, Mr. Boulton will host a question and answer session with the some of the Senior Team from BFC Bank.

We welcome enquiries to attend the event.

Contact details for Press & media enquiries & attendance

Mark Ragan

Drive PR

0208 349 6464 or 07484 786277

m.ragan@business-reporter.co.uk

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