Posted: 15/11/12 by Northamptonshire Chamber
Business experts from over 70 countries travelled thousands of miles to help local firms boost their export plans at an event in Northampton this week.
ExploreExport, which took place at The Hilton Northampton Hotel on Tuesday, was one of the biggest export events to be held in the region this year, and the flagship event of Export Week, a week dedicated to encouraging and helping firms to export. .
Businesses such as Spectrum Healthcare UK Ltd, based in Northampton, got a rare opportunity to meet so many international experts in one place. Steve Clark, Sales and Marketing Director said: “This was a very well organised day and a worthwhile use of my time. It was very cost-effective to be able to meet so many people in one day under one roof. I had one to one meetings with experts from France, Canada, South Africa, Pakistan, Lithuania, Estonia, Japan and New Zealand. I also attended two of the seminars on offer which were both informative and innovative.”
After travelling from British Embassies and High Commissions based around the world, these experts offered help, advice, contacts and cultural know-how on exporting to countries including Africa, South America, Turkey and the USA.
Peter Hogarth, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment East Midlands, said: “It seemed rather apt to hold this prestigious event in Northamptonshire as it has recently scooped Government awards for being the most enterprising county in the UK and for its work to encourage exports.
“It’s not often a business gets the chance to meet so many international experts at one event, so it was a great opportunity to build up a network of contacts and find out more about the sources of support available for exporting.”
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “I firmly believe that exporting is the key to getting the UK out of recession. Here in Northamptonshire, we produce a wide range of products for which there is a demand at home and abroad, from food and drink, clothing and furniture, to car and electrical components. Our products can help put Northamptonshire on the map and boost our local economy at the same time, as businesses grow and create jobs.
“ExploreExport showed businesses in this region how they can export successfully by signposting them to means of support, giving them advice and sharing the cultural know-how and first-hand experiences of experts.”
Companies that attended also heard about the wide range of services available to help business grow internationally through valuable one-to-one meetings, interactive workshops and exhibitors.
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