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Businesses in the North West are being encouraged to take part in a week of free events aimed at boosting exports from the region.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – the government body set up to help increase trade abroad – has teamed up with business leaders across the country for the third national Export Week, taking place between Monday 11 and Friday 15 November 2013.

Export Week is a bi-annual national event which forms part of a drive to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020 and get 100,000 more companies exporting.

UKTI North West are working with a range of partners including Chambers of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Cumbria Growth Hub, banks and a selection of the region’s Export Champions.

Events in the North West include a series of roadshows in each county focusing on ‘Export Essentials’ – everything new exporters need to know before embarking on their export journey.

Export Essentials will cover everything from presentations on logistics, banking, intellectual property and market research to hearing from currently successful exporting businesses, and there will be plenty of time for networking and one to one advice from a team of international trade experts.

In addition, Clive Drinkwater, UKTI’s Regional Director, will be visiting a selection of exporting firms to hear their stories and explain how UKTI can help them maximise overseas sales.

There will also be an overseas trade conference at Salford Reds Stadium in Greater Manchester, and a ‘Let’s Get Exporting’ event in Preston which will include case studies from successful companies and a keynote speech from renowned HSBC economist Mark Beresford-Smith.

Export Week will also see the announcement of the next round of UKTI Export Champions for 2014.  So far over 35 of the North West’s best exporting companies have been chosen to work alongside UKTI to mentor and assist SMEs in growing their international sales.

The Export Champions programme is unique to the North West, and involves recruiting successful international firms to help and advise new companies on their export journey, offering peer to peer support in addition to the wide range of individually tailored professional services available from the UKTI team.

Clive Drinkwater, UKTI’s Regional Director for the North West, said:

“I hope the events taking place during Export Week will encourage even more businesses and entrepreneurs to start trading abroad. We are providing free sessions throughout the week on how exports can help businesses to grow, with the Export Essentials workshops providing an excellent opportunity for new exporters to learn as much as they can at a one-stop shop.

“I am also looking forward to announcing the new 2014 Export Champions during Export Week.  Once again, we have a range of successful international firms from right across the North West. By accepting the Export Champion title they are helping contribute to the prosperity of our region, both via their own success and with the help they have pledged to give other local firms, promoting the benefits of export and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

“Earlier this year I launched a challenge to find 1000 new exporters in the North West.  We are already well on our way to achieving this objective and I am sure that Export Week will boost the region’s progress. Virtually any company can export its products and services – from one-man operations to large corporations employing hundreds – and I would urge anybody interested in exporting to come along to one of our events and see how UKTI can help.”

The following events are taking place in the North West during Export Week

Export Essentials Roadshows

  • Cumbria, Rheged, Penrith, November 11, 2013
  • Merseyside, Liverpool Chamber, November 13, 2013
  • Cheshire, Knutsford, November 14, 2013

A series of half-day events covering logistics, banking, export market research and IP Protection, taking new exporting businesses through all the steps which need to be considered in order to get that all important first overseas order.

Business of Overseas Trade Event – Salford Reds Stadium, November 12, 2013 UKTI

This event with NW Insider will offer a panel session, short videos, presentations from local North West Export Champions and the opportunity for prearranged one-to-one meetings with key partners

Let’s get Exporting – November 15, 2013, Lancashire

This half day roadshow event with Business Desk will support local North West businesses to find out about best practice when considering exporting, and will include will include case studies from successful companies and a keynote speech from renowned economist Mark Beresford-Smith.

For further information on all these events, please contact the North West International Trade Centre on 0161 875 2341 or email [email protected]



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