The essential journalist news source
IOE&IT membership numbers up 50% in one year AGM hears, as future plans are out

Dear all,
Please see below the latest press release from the Institute of Export and International Trade, who held their AGM yesterday. Some of the highlights from the event included: -

  •  IOE&IT membership up 50% to 5,000 from 2020
  •  Delegate numbers attending IOE&IT training courses up 25% year on year
  •  Applying for Chartered status
  •  IOE&IT to set up a charitable Foundation

For more information drop me an email or give me a call (details below) and I will get straight back to you, all the best,


IOE&IT membership numbers up 50% in one year, AGM hears, as future plans are outlined

The Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) held their annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday (19/10/21) at the Belfry hotel and resort in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham.

The return of the physical AGM format was a welcome change after last year's event took place online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the Institute were also able to view proceedings online, with over 100 members taking advantage of this.

The event was chaired by Honorary President Lord Stephen Green who was also re-elected to his position and pledged to continue serving the IOE&IT in this role.


Chairman of the IOE&IT, Terry Scuoler CBE MIEx, presented this year's results and outlined plans for the future. Major achievements included IOE&IT membership increasing, by 50% on 2020's figure, to 5,000 and delegate numbers attending IOE&IT training courses up 25% year on year. Mr Scuoler announced the Institute's intention to apply for Chartered status - a major opportunity to take the organisation forward.


The future of the IOE&IT is looking positive, and it aims to continue its growth in order to better support British businesses. Internally the Institute has grown significantly under the leadership of director general Marco Forgione, not least in order to help the UK meet the challenges of Brexit. Staff number have risen from below 20 at the start of 2020 to over 115 today.

The IOE&IT will continue to support businesses across the country and will look to establish regional hubs to achieve this. A new London base was opened in early September located in the heart of Westminster and plans are already underway to open further offices across the UK in the coming months.   

Director general Marco Forgione said: "it was a hugely important to be able to welcome our members in person once again. We have been working incredibly hard to support UK businesses and have grown as an organisation to meet these demands."

"We are looking to the future with great optimism and will ensure UK traders have the support and education they need to thrive in the future."


For further information and comment, please contact:  
Thomas Lane, pr manager, Institute of Export & International Trade on 07735450951 or at

About the Institute of Export & International Trade: The Institute was established over 85 years ago to support UK businesses in growing their international markets and trade. The Institute is the leading association of exporters and importers. We provide education and training to professionalise the UK's international traders.  

As a partner with UK government, we deliver national and international programmes, acting as evangelists for the UK and establishing UK processes and standards globally.  

The Institute co-partners in running the online UK Customs Academy, the world's first training platform dedicated to customs skills and developed at the request of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).