Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Help and Support Every Step of the Way

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Help and Support Every Step of the Way

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Byline: By David Coppock

The North-East has an impressive record when it comes to international trade, with more than pounds 10 billion of goods and services exported from the region each year.

But only just over 5% of the region's companies are exporting and there are many more that could be taking advantage of the benefits of international trade.

UK Trade & Investment is dedicated to helping companies achieve their overseas ambitions and we're working closely with our many partners in the region, including One NorthEast and the North-East Chamber of Commerce, to offer all the advice, support and assistance they need to succeed.

That's why we're hosting International Business Month in March.

This event has been expanded following the success of International Business Week, which we have run for the past two years, and offers a packed programme of events for both novice and experienced exporters looking to enter new markets.

We have put together an impressive list of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics from taking the first steps into a new market, customs requirements and finance to the importance of market research and visiting the market to meet potential customers face-to-face.

There are several events focusing on specific markets including China, the Middle East, America, Russia, France and the Nordic regions as well as others looking at specific sectors including engineering, the creative industries and the medical sector.

At the heart of all the events is a determination to ensure companies can access the knowledge, support and financial assistance that is available.

UK Trade & Investment, with the support of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, awarded by Government Office for the North-East, has invested more than pounds 9. …

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