Representatives from more than 100 businesses turned out at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead for a roadshow event aimed at driving the region’s export success.
The ExploreExport roadshow, which will be visiting a total of eight regions, saw 60 overseas UKTI trade specialists hold one-to-one discussions with companies keen to maximise growth through markets around the world.
Seminars held yesterday will continue throughout the week, in conjunction with various partners, and a number of other export-based events will be taking place throughout the region. Simon Crosby, a senior international trade advisor who attended yesterday’s roadshow, said: “This is the flagship event for Export Week and through it we brought the world to the local business community. We had 60 specialists from places like Brazil, Australia and the USA.
“People could talk about opportunities in each country for their products and services. There was a real buzz in the room.”
UKTI has a target of creating 500 new exporters within three years, using events such as Export Week to grow interest. Figures released in September showed there had been a 4.6% increase in the North East to date, the largest in the UK.
Events to be held throughout this week, involving more than 650 delegates, will include a session on international marketing, one on social media and an Inspiring Females conference. Crosby, who said most of those attending yesterday’s event came from small and medium-sized businesses, added: “For the region’s prosperity, exporting is absolutely crucial.
“When it comes to SMES, we know, for example, that you are 11% more likely to stay in business if you export – your chances of survival are vastly improved.”
Export Week will see almost 100 events for small businesses nationwide.
It coincides with both the creation of a new $50m fund to help small business export to Russia and the launch of a national campaign, Exporting is GREAT, aimed at generating a total of 3,000 appointments and driving £1.2bn in export revenue.
Among the companies featured in the campaign is North East engineering consultancy Cundall.
David Coppock, regional director for UKTI in the North East, added: “We will be welcoming more than 650 delegates who have signed up to take part in Export Week events across the North East and we’re delighted that one of the region’s firms, Cundall, has been chosen to feature in the national Exporting is GREAT campaign.
“We hope that this will inspire others to take up the export challenge and find out how UKTI can help.”