MORE than 50 companies across the North East are already reaping the rewards of signing up to UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Virtual Export Manager (VEM) initiative.
Stephen Muir, VEM adviser, is keen to encourage more to benefit from the scheme that matches firms to export professionals who provide hands-on support to help achieve their international ambitions.
“VEM has consistently proved itself to be the ultimate hands-on business support service,” says Stephen.
“We have access to a highly qualified team of virtual export managers with experience in all sectors and markets who are ready to offer practical, hands-on support.”
But don’t just take his word for it, Charles Bell, managing director at EPA Ltd, in Hetton-le-Hole, which provides environmental solutions and emission testing services, said: “VEM has given us a kick-start in our efforts to break into the Gulf and we’re now set to sign up with a local partner there.
“We were matched up with Malcolm Wright, of Spectrum Consulting Ltd and his vast experience of conducting business in the UAE gave us a valuable insight into the market.
“Together we’ve visited Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar to develop relationships with potential business partners and as a result of this work we now know there is massive potential for further business.”
VEM has consistently proved itself to be the ultimate hands-on business support service