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Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
16 January, 2014 - 15:33 By News Desk

New trade in Bulgaria’s green revolution

Sofia-Chamber

East of England business bosses are being tapped into potential new trade in Bulgaria.

Following the success of last year’s trade mission, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) are offering local companies the opportunity to join a regional delegation visiting the ‘South-East European Eco Forum and Exhibition’ in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city, from March 5-8.

The South-East European Eco Forum and Exhibition is one of the region’s largest international trade events, focused on the water, waste management, recycling, renewables, energy efficiency, environment, intelligent buildings, smart cities and ICT and service sectors.

The mission is being organised by Mark Hofman, an EEN Trade Adviser, who said: “Bulgaria is one of the UK’s fastest growing European export markets and this visit will hopefully help to open a few doors for firms looking to expand their overseas operations.

“A number of high value opportunities have been identified in Bulgaria and the greater Balkan region, now is a great time to visit as the region is in the process of integrating EU standards which is a priority area for the government.”

Nearly £260bn will be invested by 2020 in regional energy, water and waste infrastructure, boosting economic development. The Balkan region has a major need for up-to-date technologies and equipment, and government incentives are now in place to help reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.

The visit, which is arranged in conjunction with the British Embassy in Sofia, the Bulgarian Industrial Association, and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, provides East of England companies with the chance to participate in a series of business – to – business meetings organised by Enterprise Europe Network.

Delegates will be introduced to potential customers, suppliers, distributors and technology partners in Sofia. The group will also attend a tailored in – market business briefing by the British Embassy’s UKTI team and hear the opinions of Brits already active in the Bulgarian market. A networking reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Sofia has also been scheduled.

A grant is available to eligible East of England companies, towards the cost of travel and accommodation. Any interested businesses should contact Mark Hofman on 01707 398069 or email m.hofman [at] eeneast.org.uk

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