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How ETK can help businesses through coronavirus crisis

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / April 1, 2020 /

The coronavirus is significantly impacting with all businesses feeling the effects. Here Bolaji Sofoluwe explains how ETK Group has expanded its services in response to the pandemic. There is no question that the outbreak of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on services, supply chains and staff provision. The disruption affects new trade relationships between…

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Stansted to Dakar direct flight will help trade & investment

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / March 23, 2020 /

London Stansted is set to open up the UK’s only direct service to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, from this summer. Here, Bolaji Sofoluwe explains why the move will help to bolster trade links for the East of England. Infrastructure is a key component for successful import and export relationships. This includes transport infrastructure (roads, railways,…

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‘Golden era of trade to Africa’

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / March 10, 2020 /

Last week started with a great round table meeting with HM Trade Commissioner to Africa, Emma Wade-Smith. The event was organised by Exemplas Trade Services on behalf of the Department for International (DIT) Trade East of England. It was great to have a discussion on the measures that the government is taking to support local…

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Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / March 7, 2020 /

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It provides the opportunity to look at how far women have come in terms of equality. It’s fitting that this year’s theme is #EachforEqual and how ‘equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue’. Here,…

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The difference between trade and investment

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / February 27, 2020 /

Business is booming on the continent – so how should UK companies make the most of these markets? Here Bolaji Sofoluwe explains the difference between foreign trade and foreign investment. Globalisation has changed the face of markets around the world as well as the way we do business at home and abroad. The biggest shift…

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Why businesses should include Africa in their export strategy

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / February 20, 2020 /

The time is now for UK-based businesses to strike trade deals in Africa, one Essex businesswoman has claimed. Statistics from HMRC have revealed that in 2018, the largest exports from the East of England to Africa were medicinal and pharmaceutical with a value of more than £90.1million. Bolaji Sofoluwe, Managing Director of Colchester-based ETK Group…

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Why UK should be striking business deals in Africa

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / January 20, 2020 /

Post-Brexit Britain will benefit from an African trade boom, claims Bolaji Sofoluwe. Speaking about the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit , the managing director of Colchester-based ETK Group, urged businesses in the East to look at striking trade deals across the continent before 2045. Mrs Sofoluwe, of ETK Group, which is the lead consultancy for African…

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India’s NCON ‘steams’ into one of Africa’s largest markets

By Bolaji Sofoluwe / September 16, 2019 /

ETK Group UK Limited (“ETK”) and NCON Turbo Tech Pvt. Ltd. (“NCON”) one of India’s leading manufacturers of steam turbines, are pleased to announce a new partnership that will see NCON enter Nigeria, Africa’s largest market to deliver its leading steam turbine technology. With more than 3 decades of expertise and track-record in delivering turbine…

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By Kevin Korgba / June 8, 2018 /

The need to innovate or be creative is not a new concept in itself and many of the traditional, successful, global corporations have whole departments dedicated to this. In an ever changing business landscape with increased competition, shrinking market share and the emergence of new technologies, it is critically important for businesses that want to…

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A tale of snakes, monkeys and a blue tweeting bird

By Kevin Korgba / February 27, 2018 /

Doing business in Africa is by no means easy, and the ease or difficulty can vary from country to country. You could use the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index as a guide but only those that have a reasonable amount of experience can actually speak to the real degrees of variations between countries.…

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