Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Week to Cement Our Export Success

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Week to Cement Our Export Success

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Byline: David Coppock

SKILLS and entrepreneurship are two winning characteristics that have historically given the UK a competitive edge in overseas markets.

Many North-east companies already boast these traits and are successfully competing in markets around the globe. And this month UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is hosting International Trade Week to give companies a chance to hone their export skills further to help them develop and grow.

UKTI has teamed up with HSBC and key partners and business organisations in the region including the Energy Industries Council (EIC), Business Clubs North-east (BCNE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Federation of Small Businesses and Lloyds TSB to put together a packed programme of events.

International Trade Week (January 31 to February 4) will feature events at venues across the region and will offer something for businesses of all sizes, whatever their sector, whether new to exporting or experienced international trade entrepreneurs.

For those who have yet to consider international trade there will be a "Born Global" event highlighting what benefits exporting can bring and what you need to do to prepare your business to take your first steps to becoming a successful exporter.

UKTI's International Trade Advisers will be hosting several "Meet your ITA" events during the week, giving companies a chance to talk to their local ITA about the support they can offer. Other events will include an Advanced Export Seminar for those companies that are more experienced exporters to enable them to work with an experienced facilitator and fellow exporters to generate new approaches and ideas and take their business to the next level.

There will also be two separate events focussing on the opportunities in Brazil and China, which are both key growth markets and are included in UKTI's programme of market visits this year. …

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