A Shining Example; Duke's Praise for New International Trade Centre
Byline: LARRY NEILD Deputy Business Editor
A NEW International Trade Centre in Liverpool was described by the Duke of York yesterday as a blueprint for business communities across the UK.
Prince Andrew officially opened the centre at the offices of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in Old Hall Street.
He said the centre, which covers Greater Merseyside was a perfect example of branding and bodies working in collaboration to help generate trade and business.
Liverpool Chamber, together with its China Link arm, Business Link and government agency UK Trade & Investment, have opened the centre in the refurbished office, helping Merseyside businesses develop their overseas trade.
The Duke said he travelled around the UK and rarely saw anything to compare with the new international centre, which will employ up to 200 people. It could, he told an audience of business people, be a concept that could be copied elsewhere.
Vicki Treadell, International Trade Director UKTI North West, said: ``The International Trade Centre will act as the main point of contact for advice and assistance for all businesses on Greater Merseyside seeking to develop their international trade activity whether they are experienced exporters or those who are still in the early stages of considering international trade plans. …