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9 November, 2015 - 10:31 By Kate Sweeney

Region plugged in to UK export bonanza

UKTI Explore Export at Newmarket Racecourse

Cambridge and East of England companies are to benefit from a new five year web-based campaign designed to open up real-time export opportunities.

Businesses will be able to apply instantly online for contracts flagged up by UK Trade & Investment. The initiative was unveiled today at the launch of UKTI’s ‘Exporting is GREAT: ExploreExport’ event at Newmarket Racecourses.

It is being rolled out to business nationally and the Government hopes it will help get 100,000 additional companies exporting by 2020.

Exporting is GREAT is part of the world-renowned GREAT campaign. For the first time, it will present real-time export opportunities across media outlets and digital channels to businesses of all sizes, from across sectors and every region of the UK.

The platform will go live with hundreds of business opportunities, which will be available at www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk. Around 1000 new opportunities will come online each month.

Coinciding with the launch, a series of events are being held across the UK as part of Exporting is GREAT Week. These are aimed at more experienced exporters as well as those that are about to begin their journey.

ExploreExport at Newmarket Racecourse today saw experts from British Embassies and High Commissions in more than 60 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam, on hand to help local businesses with all they need to take their products or services to new markets.

The online and in-the-flesh exporting campaign will be spearheaded by UK Trade & Investment and provide advice and expertise to support businesses at every step on their exporting journey, from initial interest to selling in-market.

This will include a year-long Exporting is GREAT roadshow that will travel the length and breadth of the country giving face-to-face assistance to first-time exporters using the latest technology to connect businesses with live export opportunities. 

Through the campaign businesses will also benefit from strong commercial partnerships: increasing the supply of available trade opportunities, providing offers and discounted services to SMEs. 

Alan Pain, regional director for UKTI East said: “As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for businesses of all sizes to reach out to new customers and lucrative new markets beyond the UK has never been greater.

“UKTI will continue to work with customers across the Eastern region, including through Exporting is GREAT, to realise this potential.”

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