Monday, 12 Nov 2012
L to R: David Coppock, Regional Director for UKTI; Andy Foulds, Commercial Director for Durham Tees Valley Airport and Neil Kenley, Director of Business Investment for Tees Valley Unlimited
Export Week helps North East firms’ export growth take-off
UK Trade & Investment has teamed up with partners and business organisations to organise events across the country for Export Week (12-16 November) to reach out to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
UK Trade & Investment has teamed up with partners and business organisations to host events across the country for Export Week (12-16 November) 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 (Monday).
Among the guest speakers at today’s launch event were 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, with a record £14 billion worth of goods and services exported around the world.
“However, we cannot afford to be complacent and through initiatives such as Export Week, UKTI hopes to encourage more companies to export. As part of the National Export Challenge our aim here in the North East is to help create 500 new exporters in the region by 2015.
“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.”
He 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.
“Last year more than 600 North East companies took advantage of the wide range of support services available through UKTI and I would urge companies to join us during Export Week and find out how UKTI can help.”
Export Week events
Events during Export Week will include:
Monday 12 November
Be part of Export for Growth, launch event – Tees Valley Airport – 8.30am-12.30pm.
Tuesday 13 November
Federation of Small Businesses event – Redworth Hall, County Durham – 12.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 14 November
Explore Export event with UKTI experts from 70 overseas markets – DoubleTree by Hilton, Leeds – 9am-3pm
International website masterclass – Hilton Hotel, Gateshead – 8.30am-1pm
Thursday 15 November
Supply Chain Workshop – St James’ Park, Newcastle – 9.30am-1pm
Friday 16 November
Market seminar (Dubai/UAE), including a chance to meet your ITA – DoubleTree by Hilton, Newcastle Airport – 8.30-11.30am
Market seminar (Spain), including a chance to meet your ITA – BIC Sunderland – 8.30-10.30am
Market seminar (Netherlands), including a chance to meet your ITA – Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street – 8.30-10.30am
Market seminar (India), including a chance to meet your ITA – HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool Marina – 8.30-10.30am
Exporting for Growth reception – Marriott at the MetroCentre, Gateshead – 12-2.30pm
To find out more about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help your company succeed overseas contact:
North East International Trade Team
Tel: +44 (0) 845 05 05 054
You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/UKTINorthEast.