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13 October, 2014 - 14:05 By News Desk

The world comes to Newmarket


East of England firms are being urged to get on the fast track to success by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as it brings the world to the region for its sixth Export Week.

It’s not often that business experts gather from over 60 countries around the world to share their knowledge with local companies about how they can develop new business in most of the major markets globally. 

That is exactly what is happening at ExploreExport at Newmarket Racecourse on 11th November as part of UK Trade and Investment’s (UKTI) Export Week.

Commercial specialists from British Embassies and Consulates from 66 countries will be on hand to meet with companies from the East of England to help them connect with the right people and opportunities to develop business in new markets around the globe.

With over 1100 one to one meetings available with UKTI specialists from around the world and 16 seminars on different markets and international trade topics this event has something for all businesses whether you are regularly exporting to different countries across the world or thinking about starting to expand your business internationally.

For many companies beginning their international journey, who don’t know where to start, there will be a range of people on hand to advise through seminars and meetings on how to approach exporting for the first time.

Specialists from many countries e.g. parts of Europe or English speaking markets that would be suitable as an initial market to consider when growing your business overseas will help companies understand the opportunities for international growth.

For companies well versed in exporting making new contacts in new markets will be the key aim. With markets represented from all corners of the world many experienced exporter have found this event useful to explore more challenging markets and get advice on approaching new markets that can prove key to winning new business and avoiding costly mistakes.

Evidence shows that exporters do better with UKTI’s help – in the past year around £45 million worth of business wins have been recorded by East of England businesses assisted by UKTI.

Regional Director for UKTI in the East of England, Thinley Topden said: ‘We want to see more companies exploiting business opportunities in markets around the world. UKTI runs ExploreExport to help regional companies make the key links to give them the best chance of winning new business in overseas markets. I would encourage any company looking to grow overseas to take the trip to Newmarket on 11th November. It is not often you can explore the world in a day and learn so much to help move your business forward.

“This is a unique opportunity to meet experts from more than 60 countries, all under one roof and at your doorstep here in the East, and to get their help to start you off on you exporting journey to their countries.

“Many companies have already signed up to join us during Export Week but a few places are still available so don’t delay to ensure you get the support you need now to achieve your exporting ambitions. Team UKTI East and I look forward to welcoming you!”

To find out more, book your place and your one-to-one meetings with UKTI’s market experts, visit or telephone 01707 398 398

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Thinley Topden, Interim Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment in the East of England

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