North East Chamber of Commerce helping companies explore overseas markets

The North East Chamber of Commerce is linking up with counterparts at the British Chambers of Commerce to help the region’s firms identify and exploit commercial opportunities abroad

Gary Roe
Gary Roe

The global Chamber of Commerce network is linking up to help companies explore new overseas markets.

As part of the government's aim of creating a worldwide business to business (B2B) support network, the North East Chamber of Commerce is linking up with counterparts at the British Chambers of Commerce to help the region’s firms identify and exploit commercial opportunities abroad.

In July, representatives from three British Chambers abroad will be visiting the North East to highlight opportunities in their markets for the region’s firms.

NECC has organised two events. The first on the morning of July 14, will combine both Colombia and Chile and feature presentations by both Tynemouth man Andrew Wright, who is director of UK-Colombia Trade and Jorge Batarce, who has the same role in Chile.

The afternoon will be given over to one-to-one meetings.

NECC regional international trade co-ordinator Gary Roe is facilitating the events at NECC’s Aykley Heads headquarters in Durham. He said: “The Colombian economy is expected to grow by 4% in 2014 and as a huge producer of oil and coal, there are significant opportunities for UK firms across those sectors, as well as those specialising in utilities, food, coke and refined products, transport, medical and luxury goods.

“Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations with a high income low-tax economy.

“Sectors with the best opportunities there include energy, infrastructure, retail, tourism, machinery and transport equipment.”

This event will be followed by an event on July 18. Following a similar format, Joe Hepworth, CEO of the British Centre for Business in the UAE, will outline opportunities in the desert states.

Gary added: “UAE remains a huge exporter of petroleum and related products and the opportunities in that sector are well documented.

“I would urge any business operating extraction industries, utilities, electrical equipment and general purpose machinery and looking to open new export markets into one of the world’s richest regions to come along.”

All events are free of charge. For more information or to request a one-to-one meeting with any of the speakers contact Gary Roe on 08450768319 or gary.roe@necc.co.uk

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