Simply the best – that was the verdict as Export Week came to a close with 680 delegates having taken part in events across the North East.
The national Export Week (November 11-15) initiative was the biggest ever as 5,000 businesses took part in almost 100 events across the country as part of the Government’s ambition to raise the number of UK firms that export from a fifth to a quarter.
The week also coincided with the launch of a new national campaign Exporting is GREAT, targeting almost three million people with the aim of generating 3,000 appointments with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Advisers and driving £1.2bn in export revenue from the leads it generates.
David Coppock, regional director for UK Trade & Investment in the North East, said: “Last week was quite simply the best.
“We welcomed around 680 delegates – our best ever turnout – to Export Week events across the region, many of them from companies that have never exported before.
“We’re delighted so many joined us in what I hope will be just their first steps towards overseas success and we hope the events also helped those already involved in exporting to explore new markets.
“But, of course, while Export Week has come to a close our efforts to help companies realise their global potential will continue and the new Exporting is GREAT campaign will help us reach more businesses that are ready to export and grow but have yet to take the plunge.
“We know it can be a big step for many businesses and UKTI’s expert international trade advisers will guide companies every step of the way, with practical advice and support to find international customers. So I would urge companies to contact UKTI to find out how we can help.”
The national Export Week followed the success of Export Week in May, which focused on High Growth Markets, and aimed to get businesses to either start exporting or to expand their export activity.
Among the highlights of the week was the ExploreExport roadshow, which visited eight regions – including the North East last Monday –and brought more than 130UKTI Trade specialists from over70 markets to share their expertise in a series of one-to-one meetings with companies who signed up for the events.