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Yestrans - Export Talk with Kristina 

May 2014

Our new blog series, Export Talk, consists of brief interviews with successful exporters. We’ll be bringing you their thoughts on exporting and their tips for international trade.

First up is Kristina S Bobs of Svaja. Her glass and linen design business supplies luxury hotels, company headquarters and boutiques around the world.

What do you find the most difficult part of exporting?

The most difficult part of exporting is the ability to close deals – to receive a purchase order and down payment. My experience working in the Middle East is that there can be lots of promises, lots of sampling, even site visits – but in the end it only counts if you manage to close a deal. The process can last a number of years – be patient and keep a close eye!

What is your approach to cultural differences when you’re trading in different countries?

Personally, I’m very cosmopolitan and well travelled, so it’s easier for me to approach and work in culturally different areas. You can only go to different markets if you are prepared to accept cultural differences, to be flexible and to learn about markets of interest in advance.

What languages do you speak? Do you do business in all of them?

I am a native Lithuanian speaker, and I have full professional proficiency in English and Russian. I also have elementary French and Arabic and can understand and read Polish.

What would your advice be to someone just starting to export?

At first, ask expert advisers such as UKTI. Make sure your product is suitable for the market and try to do a few small transactions before a market visit. Be focussed, dedicated and patient. Visit the target market and learn a few words of the language spoken there – that will make an impression and show that you are serious about entering the market there! Personal relationships and preparation are the keys to success.

Read on the Yestrans website: http://yestrans.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/export-talk-kristina-s-bobs/ 






Women in Export Conference with UKTI

April 2014

Kristina presents the Svaja story and her own personal experiences in export across the World.  From the first order from Hong Kong to the latest Project in the Middle East......

The Conference was held in Guildford Surrey and attended by a wide range of aspiring Women exporters.




FAAWM launches its new website

March 2014

The FAAVM is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Our major focus involves using various multifunctional civil rights programmes to help our mostly disadvantaged, underprivileged minorities as men, women and children. Via the FAAVM multilateral humanitarian systems, and activities, we're able to reach out to these people who are very difficult to reach via more traditional-type programs. We then use these activities to help improve the quality of life of these disadvantaged communities. Our all-volunteer network nationwide and worldwide programme is comprised of several components, all having to do with providing meaningful and positive educational, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic and overall human development activities for our mostly economically disadvantaged nationwide and worldwide. see our new website here > FAAVM


New-FAAVM-Website-image-thumbNew FAAVM Website March 2014




Kristina pays a visit to the Nigerian High Commission

March 2014

Kristina had the honour to be invited to the Nigeria High Commission in London for a significant political book launch event.
“Campaign strategies for political success” by Mr Godson O Ozu. He shared with audience “the art of winning political elections in Nigeria and around the world”.
Even if you are not a politician, there is a great deal that can be gained from his book.
The book launched was hosted by the most remarkable and respected man, HE Dr Dalhatu Sarka Tafida OFR, CFR, the Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK (pictures with Kristina below)






Svaja looks to sub Saharan Africa

March 2014

UK & Nigeria : bilateral trade and investment conference; an excellent opportunity to explore business potential in this fast growing economy! Success is written all over in the pursuit of national development! — at London Hilton on Park Lane.






Exclusive Arabic Art Exhibition

February 2014

 Kristina Bobs was invited to visit an exclusive event in cultural capital of Saudi Arabia.

ATHR Gallery in Jeddah launched a unique event; Unofficial histories behind the mass expansion of Makah (Mecca)! The Exhibition was entitled, Desert of Pharan!  A symposium emphasising the importance, role and influence of Saudi art in the Global Art World. A unique concept, contemporary setting and the exciting story of the development of Makah.

Stylish entertainment in unmistakeable and unforgettable Arabian style kept us going all night long!






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