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20 October, 2013 - 20:11 By News Desk

A world awaits – companies encouraged to think global

Liz Basing, East of England Regional Director for UKTI

East of England firms are being offered an insight into a world of opportunities right on their doorstep next month as UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) hosts Export Week.

Following the success of May’s Export Week earlier this year where over 130 firms in the region attended events to learn more about High Growth markets around the world, UKTI are teaming up again with local partners to run events across the region during the week of 11-15 November; aimed at getting firms to either start exporting or to expand their export activity.

There are seven events during the week and businesses are being encouraged to book ahead now before spaces run out.

Highlight of the week will be ‘ExploreExport’, held at Newmarket Racecourse on Thursday November 14, where experts from over 60 markets will be on hand to offer their advice and insider knowledge in one-to-one meetings for companies who sign up in advance at .

Other events will cover specialist markets such as Brazil and South Africa, as well as hot emerging topics like how to optimise your online presence to attract overseas buyers.

For companies only just considering growing their business overseas there are more general events where UKTI trade experts will help demystify the process, and give pointers and advice to get firms started on their exporting journey.

Latest export statistics for the East of England show that in the second quarter of the year, (April to June 2013), the total value of goods exported from the region was £7.073bn – up 3.4 per cent on the same period last year.

Key export markets showing strong year on year growth for the region include the USA (up 22.9 per cent at £3.65bn); India (up 13.7 per cent at £324m); while exports to China and Brazil were up 8.6 and 7.6 per cent making them worth £751m and £153m, respectively.

Liz Basing, East of England Regional Director for UKTI, said: “The East continues to show a healthy export performance in some of the most exciting and growing markets, but we’d like to see even more of our businesses taking the plunge and selling their goods and services overseas.

“There are real opportunities to trade internationally, allowing companies of all sizes to achieve levels of growth not possible domestically, and Export Week is an excellent way to help those firms who are unsure about how to take that first step.

“With our partners, UKTI is bringing together market experts with insider knowledge to help businesses, whether experienced or novice, get on the right footing for a successful export campaign. I’m looking forward to welcoming as many of the region’s businesses as possible and helping them get the most out of the expertise on offer during the week.” Business can find out more about the events, including how to register, via a dedicated website at: To find out how UKTI can help your business expand overseas call: 0845 641 9955; email info [at] or log onto the website at

Local events being held during the November Export Week are:

Mon 11 NovSouth Africa master class – Wyboston, Beds

Tues 12 NovExport with Confidence – London Gateway, Essex

How to Grow Your Business Overseas – Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Weds 13 NovExporting is Good for You – Rickmansworth, Herts

Thurs 14 NovExplore Export – Newmarket, Suffolk

Fri 15 NovGrow Your Business Overseas – Clacton, Essex

Web Optimisation for International Trade – Ipswich, Suffolk

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Liz Basing, East of England Regional Director for UKTI

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