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Pedagogo has created an international trade intermediary service that provides Food and Drink businesses with access to a comprehensive business solution to overcome the difficulties of accessing their established and new trading markets following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Pedagogo recognises that many businesses who have traditionally traded with members of the European Union are facing increasing difficulties in exporting goods to established and new customers, resulting in loss of business and an increasing risk of insolvency. 

The COVID 19 pandemic, the timing of the final agreement between the UK and the European Union and the capacity issues in respect of the availability of staff with the knowledge to process the customs documentation arising from the UK’s departure from the Union has created a perfect storm for organisations looking to import and export from January 2021. 

International Trade Agency

Pedagogo recognises that some businesses are seeking grow in house expertise to address their import and export issues. Pedagogo’s recruitment and staff agency provides international trade executives trained to complete the import and export documentation relevant to the goods being traded by the business. The agency can provide in house temporary or permanent staff and will make available the relevant financial initiatives available through the Building Back a Better Britain Government Campaign.

How would this in work in practice?

The agency would be available to all members irrespective of size ie SME, micros and large businesses of the Food and Drink Federation based in England, Scotland and Wales. A decision to extend this beyond the three nations will be taken at the end of 2021 and will be dependent on the outcome of the current EU and UK Irish Border operating rules. 

Following discussions with the Food and Drink Federation we have launched a pilot model initially using the Kickstart initiative that would provide members with a wholly funded employee for a period of up to 6 months on a temporary contract of 25 hours per week. This would be at a zero cost to members with the Government paying the salary based on 25 hours per week at the national minimum wage. 

Prior to commencement of the placement all Kickstarters will receive a 30 hour comprehensive training programme from Pedagogo that will enable them to be able to administer customs documentation for import and or export. The training programme will include focusing on the products that are being exported or imported by the member. The cost of the training programme will be fully funded by the Government’s Kickstart offer. Members will be able to decide whether they wish the Kickstarter to manage all customs documentation or to provide the necessary information to a third-party customs agency.


As with all recruitment agencies Pedagogo will provide a short list of preferred candidates to the appropriate member. The business will be required to interview and issue a 6 month fixed term contract of employment to the successful candidate.


Employ the intern (Kickstarter) as a full time member of staff


Employ the intern (Kickstarter) as an apprentice.


Contract with Pedagogo to provide the intern as an agent for a fee including their salary. This would be based on an annual full time salary of £22,000 -£25,000 plus a commission of 20% to Pedagago plus VAT. (Note this is based on current salary values).


Contract with Pedagogo to recruit a new intern as an agent for a fee including their salary. This would be based on an annual full time salary of £20,000 -£22,000 (dependent on prior qualifications) plus a commission of 20% to Pedagago plus VAT. (Note this is based on current salary values). There would be an additional charge for the 30 hour training package of £900.


To terminate the arrangement.

If you are interested in securing an international trade assistant to support your import/ export needs please go complete the form below.


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