A region-wide drive to open global trading doors to North West companies is behind a series of events staged by UK Trade and Investment during Export Week.
The campaign to help businesses to start selling overseas or to increase their international trade takes place with a raft of events organised from Monday November 9 to Friday November 13.
UKTI North West and its partners have organised five keynote events which are: Spotlight on Asia Pacific at Best Western Castle Green, Kendal on November 9, with the focus on opportunities in Hong Kong, China and Japan, with speakers from Cumbria LEP Board, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Lancaster University as well as case studies from businesses who have already experienced success in the region.
Spotlight on India at Baker Tilly in Preston on November 10 will involve discussions of export opportunities in key sectors in India – with speakers from the UK India Business Council, company case studies and Baker Tilly and a live link with RSM experts in India.
On November 11, the Spotlight on Middle East event at the Heath Business & Technical Park in Runcorn with go ahead, focusing on UAE and Saudi Arabia with speakers including UKTI’s North West consultant on strategic alliances, company case studies, UK Export Finance as well as feedback on previous sector missions.
The Royal Park Hotel in Cheshire will host the Spotlight on Africa event on November 12. Speakers include Guy Warrington, from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ross Alexander, executive director of Africa Matters. Both will discuss how business can grow in Africa, one of the world’s most dynamic business regions with growth rates of up to 8%, a population of more than a billion and $2 trillion collective GDP.
The event will explore legal finance, culture and language of the region, and offer the opportunity to ask any questions with regards to business etiquette.
The week comes to a close with the Explore Export event at Old Trafford Football Stadium on November 13 from 8.30am to 4pm, at which market specialists from around the world who are experts in their chosen countries will help businesses take their first or next step in exporting.