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Local firms share the secrets of trading overseas at Export Week workshop

Posted: 28/10/13 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Firms from across Northamptonshire need to grab the opportunities for growth presented by overseas sales during UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Export Week, from 11 to 15 November.

That’s according to Sarah Stevenson, Acting Regional Director for East Midlands’ UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), who has urged local firms to attend a specialist business breakfast, held jointly with Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, at Whittlebury Hall Conference and Training Centre near Towcester on Tuesday 12 November.

Sharing their hints and tips on the highs and lows and the do’s and don’t's of trading overseas will be two local firms CDR Pumps in Wellingboorough and Onley-based firm Traka PLC.

CDR Pumps have been designing and manufacturing chemical process pumps for over 40 years and have recently broken into Asia and India.

Managing Director Ashley Fenn will be discussing his vast experience in addressing and overcoming the challenges of moving high value goods across international borders.

Ashley said: “We recognise the importance that exporting plays in the economy of the UK both now and in the future. That is why Export Week is so important and that is why we are urging other local firms to explore overseas markets and what exporting could do for them.”

Traka PLC who design, assemble and install electronic key and locker management systems, will be sharing their experiences of exporting to over 30 countries.

Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “We are delighted to be working with UKTI on Export Week and hope firms will use this opportunity to see the benefits of trading overseas by hearing first-hand the experience of local exporters.

“Exporting presents opportunities for growth by allowing companies to gain access to a larger market place. Northamptonshire Chamber is committed to supporting companies wishing to make the leap from national to global status.”

The chamber’s International Trade Team, which has a wealth of experience and knowledge on trading abroad and processing the necessary documents for exporting will be on hand along with experts from UKTI to give companies advice and highlight the support available to them.

Sarah Stevenson, Acting Regional Director for UKTI in the East Midlands, said: “Research shows that businesses that export add, on average, 30% to their growth over two years. They also become more resilient and can spread their business risk. We’re hoping this event will help businesses get a clear picture of what they can expect when it comes to selling overseas.

“By hearing from local firms that are already exporting I hope other local businesses are able to get the insight they need to take the first steps.”

Export Week takes place from 11-15 November and aims to get businesses either to start exporting or to expand their export activity.

Other events during the week will cover a range of topics from logistics to taxation, with firms being encouraged to book in for flagship event Explore Export, at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel on Wednesday 13 November. Around 50 representatives from who have travelled from British Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions in key markets across Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, will be available for one-to-one meetings.

For more information about Export Week and how to book your place at events, log onto the website at:

To find out more about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help companies succeed overseas call the East Midlands International Trade Hotline on 0845 052 4001 or call the Northamptonshire Chamber’s International Trade Team on 01604 490490.

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