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International dinner etiquette infographic

The vast majority of business transactions take place in offices, meeting rooms and boardrooms around the world. But leading up to those business transactions are many micro business interactions - ones that often take place in more informal settings. 

One such informal setting is that of the business dinner, a universal tradition of extending business talks to a more informal environment.

Hosting or attending a business dinner may be fairly simple in your own county but attending one overseas could be a very different story.

Unfamiliar surroundings mixed with cultural differences can lead to simple misunderstandings that can easily offend or upset, and ultimately diminish business relationships.

But avoiding offending your dinner guests when travelling on business needn't be difficult. This infographic, put together by Principal Hayley Hotels, highlights the major differences in "business dinner etiquette" in 13 different…

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Ipanema Beach

Brazil was very successful for the British Olympic team - but could this huge market benefit you?

Writing for Management Today Jack Torrance tells you "What you need to know about exporting to Brazil".

Alison Haill, Chair of OIBC, and John Knights, OIBC Founder, can fully endorse the information in this article from their own professional experiences in Brazil. John recently visited Brazil to build links between UK and Brazilian businesses; Alison lived and worked in Brazil for two years and is a speaker of Brazilian Portuguese

"The article is absolutely right on the personal, linguistic and commercial aspects," she says. "Treat personal aspects as a priority because how you get on with people in Brazil will make a huge difference to your business success. Also make sure that you look smart: Brazilian men and women are very well groomed and they will notice if you…

Read more: Olympics over now - but could you export to Brazil?


The OIBC works closely with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), a non-ministerial government department that exists to promote success in international markets for UK-based businesses and to help overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business.

The OIBC hosts events jointly with UKTI and consults closely to strengthen the support that the OIBC offers to businesses in Oxfordshire. Here are a few useful resources on the UKTI website for anyone considering international trade.


Setting up in the UK:

Country Guides:


Read more: Online resources from UKTI

Use this handy visual guide to find out where you are on the road to international trading and what you'll need to do next. To download the PDF click the link below or for a graphic image click "Read more".

Download a PDF copy here

Read more: International business journey infographic


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