Transatlantic Trade Forum 

24 September 2020


Covid-19 and distrust of China are driving the USA to reshore much of its manufacturing and to expand trade with its most friendly countries. The UK tops that list.

UK exporters could benefit from greater market access, common standards, simplified customs procedures and more if the right trade deal is achieved with the USA.

  • Get insights, advice and support from our US and UK-based market access experts
  • Discover what opportunities exist for your product or service in North America and learn how to get started 
  • Join like-minded businesses in a North America export community, learning from each other's experience

We're pleased to announce that Simon Hart, Lead International Partner at RSM UK, will join our forum

Simon coordinates and leads on RSM UK’s international support for middle-market businesses. He is the lead commentator on Brexit, global trade issues and the impact geo-political issues might have on the middle-market for RSM UK.

He is a business advisory Partner with experience across many sectors and services, and also provides national strategic leadership to RSM's knowledge management and knowledge sharing function - working towards aligning the various advisory services RSM provides to the business requirements of their clients.

Simon was named as one of the ICAEW’s top 40 Twitter accountancy influencers 2019 and is a regular commentator for RSM International, the RSM global network, where he sits as a Board member.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about transatlantic opportunities from Simon Hart and an impressive line-up of experts.



2:20pm - 2:30pm

Sign in

2:30pm - 2:40pm

Update on the UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Simon Hart, Lead International Partner, RSM UK

2:40pm - 2:50pm


2:50pm - 2:55pm

US Market Entry Checklist

Sarah Peeler, Executive Director, British American Business Council Carolinas

2:55pm - 3:20pm

Round table: manufacturing/advanced manufacturing companies with USA experience at different stages

Hugh Freer, President, MasterMover Inc.

Shaun Khan, Managing Director, Loadhog

Joe Prendergast, Market Insights Consultant, OE Electrics

3:20pm - 3:30pm



About the roundtable

Hugh Freer, President, MasterMover Inc

Hugh Freer spent the early part of his career in the business to business publishing sector. However, for the last 15 years he has worked for MasterMover in a variety of sales, marketing and company director roles. In 2017 he founded our North American business, based in Charlotte (NC) and he continues to serve as President for that business.

MasterMover was formed in 1995 and they’ve grown to be the world’s leading manufacturer of pedestrian operated electric towing equipment. Headquartered in Ashbourne, Derbyshire they export to over 70 countries worldwide. Their customer base is predominantly global blue chips and it is incredibly diverse, ranging from the NHS through to NASA.

Shaun Khan, Managing Director Loadhog Ltd & Director Gripple Ltd

Shaun Khan has been part of the Gripple family for over 16 years, initially joining Gripple as Product Manager and then going on to establish a successful business for Gripple in India, setting up a sales & assembly unit.

Since returning from Gripple India, over 5 years ago, Shaun has worked for Loadhog Ltd as Managing Director successfully growing the business from £6m sales to £26m.   

Loadhog was formed in 2003. It designs and manufactures returnable packaging solutions for a diverse range of industries, from manufacturing, postal to retail. Headquartered in Sheffield, United Kingdom, along with a site in Europe, they are a multi award winning business known for their market-leading RTP innovations. They deliver to over 50 countries worldwide. In 2020, Loadhog won the Queens Award for International Trade.

Joe Prendergast, Market Insights Consultant, OE Electrics

Joe joined OE Electrics in 2017, having spent eight years living in the States and growing a small commercial furniture manufacturer from inception to a multi-million turnover business.

Joe's role at OE Electrics comprises market research, market analysis and consulting to build up a knowledge-base from a customer’s point of view. He has been heavily involved in researching the US market opportunity, and establishing the company's presence there in 2020 with the launch of OE Electrics Inc.

Wakefield-headquartered, OE Electrics manufactures power, data and USB charging solutions, supplying more than 60 countries. OE Electrics has manufacturing sites in the UK, Australia and Germany, and a global distributor network. In early 2020 the company launched a new North American business - OE Electrics Inc.

Venue: Videoconference via Zoom

Date: Thursday 24 September 2020

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm BST

Cost: FREE to Chamber International clients & Chamber of Commerce members 

£47 (excluding VAT) Non-Regular Customers / Non-Chamber Members

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1-to-1 clinics with market specialists also available on 29 & 30 September 2020


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Upcoming forums: 

3rd Forum: TBC December 2020

Sector: Digital & Fintech

Topic: Back office relief services for UK SMEs

4th Forum: TBC March 2021

Sector: Food 

Topic: Site selection & incentive programmes

5th Forum: TBC July 2021

Sector: Emerging markets

Topic: US – Continent dimensions: different states, different trade opportunities


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