UKTI urges North East architects urged to explore overseas markets

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have joined forces to organise a breakfast seminar on the subject to be held on Thursday, March 20, at Northumbria University’s Ellison Building from 8am to 10.30am

UKTI
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North East architects will be urged to explore the business potential in overseas markets at a free event in Newcastle next month.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have joined forces to organise a breakfast seminar on the subject to be held on Thursday, March 20, at Northumbria University’s Ellison Building from 8am to 10.30am.

The event will feature a series of presentations covering a diverse range of related topics, with expert advice from lead international trade adviser with UKTI Bill Oliver and Rob Taylor, director of Learning Impact International Ltd, which specialises in assisting SMEs to develop their overseas business.

Graham McDarby, design director at Gateshead’s Gradon Architecture, will also be on hand to talk about his company’s experiences after it increased its international business from zero to 35% of total turnover with support from UKTI.

Regional director at RIBA North East, Amanda McManus, said: “In 2012, 20% of fee income for UK architects came from project work that was outside of the UK.

“That equates to £320m of income.

“However, this healthy income stream is produced by only 3% of practices.

“The RIBA strongly believes the profession has a rich untapped potential to increase these figures significantly in the coming years.”

To book a place at the event, contact Kate Sankey on kate.sankey@riba.org or 0191 261 7441.

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