Events & News News Chamber News Chamber members receive International Trade qualification Three representatives from two local Chamber member businesses have gained a nationally recognised International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS) qualification. Representatives from SHD Composite Materials Ltd and Rimmer Bros Ltd attended the course delivered by Steve Townsley of Fidelitas Training, receiving a mix of distinctions and merits for their efforts. The course delivered in partnership with East Midlands Chamber is designed to prove that candidates have the necessary skills to accurately operate in an international trade administration environment and is made up of five main elements: Administration procedures Export Documentation Customs, Excise and other legal requirements Export Payments Dispatch and Shipping Presenting Julia Brooks, Keith Tidswell and Nathan Howell their certificates was International Trade Manager and Head of Finance at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Beverley Holden, who said: “I would just like to congratulate Julia, Keith and Nathan on their efforts on the four-day ITOPS course, which will provide them with so many practical benefits they can take back to their businesses. “The course is suitable for anyone employed in an international trade environment, whether that be a manufacturer, supplier or freight forwarder." Julia Brooks, Commercial Office Manager at SHD Composite Materials, said: "The ITOPS course has given me the skills to enable me to follow the administration procedures and fulfil the legal requirements to successfully export our manufactured goods. I enjoyed the style of the course which was a combination of ‘face to face’ workshops, visits to forwarders and independent learning relevant to my job. "With the current uncertainties of our future within the EU and the impact this will have on businesses who export goods I would certainly recommend this training." Beverley, concluded: “We will be delivering another ITOPS course starting in September held at Commerce House in Lincoln, further details can be found on our website here.” If you have any questions about International Trade, please get in touch with our team on 01522 52333 or via email.