North East firms are being urged to sign up to events being staged by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) during its sixth Export Week.
The event in November aims to encourage companies to take up the export challenge and highlight the wealth of support and knowledge available to help them grow.
Previous Export Weeks have seen more than 17,000 companies across the UK attend events and UKTI’s flagship ExploreExport roadshow will be in the North East as part of a tour of the country bringing more than 120 experts from across the world to share their expertise.
The ExploreExport roadshow will be at Newcastle Racecourse on November 11, offering local firms pre-bookable, one-to-one meetings with their chosen experts.
Other events will be held in Durham, Newcastle and Gateshead later in the week.
David Coppock, regional director for UK Trade & Investment in the North East, said: “There will be experts from more than 60 countries here in the North East to help companies ‘explore’ the possibilities of exporting to their countries.
“We aim to bring the world to the region and we hope that the expertise and advice that is available both at ExploreExport and other events throughout Export Week will help businesses on the fast track to exporting success.”
Earlier this week, a report highlighted how up to 1,000 exporters from the region could trade overseas given the right support.
Mr Coppock added: “Many companies have already signed up to join us during our latest Export Week initiative, which is great news as it has been proven time and again that exporting helps companies to grow.
“Through events such as these we’re determined to ensure they have the support they need to succeed in the global race and evidence has shown exporters do better with UKTI’s help – in the past year around £45m worth of business wins have been recorded by North East businesses assisted by UKTI.
“Export Week is an ideal opportunity for companies to find out more about international trade opportunities and the support that is available to help companies achieve their exporting ambitions.
“I’d urge companies to sign up to join us and look forward to welcoming them.”
Partners supporting Export Week include UK Export Finance, NECC and the Northern Design Centre.
For more information about Export Week and how to book your place at events, businesses can go to www.exportweek.ukti.gov.uk/full.
People can also find out more about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment by calling the North East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or following the agency on Twitter at twitter.com/UKTINorthEast.