North East SMEs to get help in going international at Gateshead event

A one day event for North East SMEs looking to do business in international markets is to be held in Gateshead this week

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A one day event for North East SMEs is being held in Gateshead this week

A one day event for North East SMEs looking to do business in international markets is to be held in Gateshead this week.

The initiative, run through the ERDF-funded NECC Access Programme, will be held at the Marriot Hotel between 9am and 1pm on Thursday, May 1, and will give businesses the chance to consult experts on international trade issues, such as protecting intellectual property, finding a partner, market entry strategies, taxation and customs requirements.

The event, which comes at a time when interest in exports and international trade is growing, will be focused on Brazil, Russia, India and China, and will open to companies that have already ventured into the markets and those simply interested in hearing more.

Among the organisations taking part will be the UK India Business Council, the Russo British Chamber of Commerce, the China British Business Council, Albion Overseas, UKTI, Santander, HSBC and RTC North.

Access Program Leader, Nynzi Maung said: “This is a great opportunity for local companies to gain insight into the type of industry advice which can be time-consuming and confusing to research and identify opportunities.

“Having a one-to-one element is a wonderful way to help the individual needs of the region’s businesses.”

The Access Programme is part of UKTI’s Growth Through International Trade project, which is part financed by the North East European Regional Development Fund Programme, established by the European Commission to help regions stimulate their economic development by investing in projects the will support local businesses and create jobs.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited.

To register in advance, contact gemma.bainbridge@necc.co.uk.

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