NORTH East firms have been urged to take up the international trade challenge and see their export growth take off during a special week-long programme of events launched today.
UK Trade & Investment has teamed up with partners and business organisations to host events across the country for Export Week (November 12-16) to reach out to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Export Week events meet the needs of every type of exporter, new or existing, and range from seminars and workshops to roadshows and one-to- one sessions, webinars and conferences.
There will also be five ExploreExport events, including one in Leeds, where UKTI experts from 70 overseas markets will be on hand to provide bespoke advice about trading both with our international partners and with high-growth markets.
The week began with a special Be part of Export for Growth event, supported by Tees Valley Unlimited, at Durham Tees Valley Airport today.
Among the guest speakers at today’s launch event was Neil Kenley, Tees Valley Unlimited’s director of business investment who spoke about the importance of exports to the region and its commitment to help companies with their aspirations in support of UKTI.
David Coppock, regional director for UK Trade & Investment in the North East, said: “We already have dozens of companies signed up to attend Export Week events, but it’s not too late to take part as many are still open to register to attend.
“The past year has been full of challenges for the region’s companies but the North East has still enjoyed another excellent export performance for the year as a whole.
“Export Week provides an ideal opportunity for companies to find out more about the opportunities and how exports can help their business grow with a wide range of events we hope will inspire and encourage them to take up the export for growth challenge.”
Last year more than 600 North East companies took advantage of the support services available through UKTI, a Government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy.
Coppock added: “Virtually any company can export its products and services – from single-owner operations to large corporations employing hundreds – and there are plenty of opportunities for North East businesses.”