An Exporter’s Journey – How DIT can assist UK companies to increase their international business

Time & Location

Wednesday: 15.00 to 16.00, Stage 1

Session Host: Department for International Trade

Ivan LimaHead of Chemicals, Department for International Trade (DIT)

About this Session

An interactive session in which DIT staff from UK and Europe describe the support that UK business can receive to build their business overseas. Joining them on the panel will be representatives from companies that have utilised and benefited from DIT services who can give a more detailed account of how they engaged with DIT to succeed in overseas markets.


Session Host Bio:

Ivan is the Head of the DIT HQ chemicals team which he formed in 2014 – responsible for leading the Global DIT network on its support of both trade from and investment into the UK chemicals sector. Ivan’s previous Government experience includes supporting renewables and environment sector FDI, plus over 20 years in the Department for Trade and Industry (now BEIS) working with a variety of manufacturing industries. Ivan is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Guest Panellists:

Ayça Kiliçli

Ayça Kiliçli

Senior Trade & Investment Adviser -Department for International Trade, Germany

Ayça has been working for the Department for International Trade since 2008 and in this time has covered the Chemicals and Life Science sectors. Since 2015 she has purely focused on the chemicals sector. The main objectives of Ayça’s job is to assist British companies exporting to Germany and help expand their business.

As well as the above her role includes attracting foreign direct investment from Germany into Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ayça has a degree in Economics and is based in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Greg Barton

Greg Barton

Managing Director - Surfachem Ltd

Managing Director of Surfachem Ltd, a speciality distributor of cosmetic, personal care and cleaning ingredients. Based in Leeds with logistics facilities in Halifax and Milton Keynes, Surfachem has a long history of international business, exporting to over 60 countries annually. The company has expanded its Geographical reach with presence in Germany, France, Poland, Nordic and Brazil.