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7 October, 2015 - 19:31 By Kate Sweeney

Trade experts from across the globe to descend on Newmarket

ExploreExport at Newmarket Racecourse

East of England companies can explore business growth opportunities in more than 70 countries at ExploreExport at Newmarket Racecourse on November 9 – an event being organised by UK Trade & Investment as part of Export Week.

UKTI’s flagship roadshow event brings together experts in doing business across the globe under one roof in Newmarket. Participants can book 20-minute one-to-one meetings with commercial officers from British Embassies and High Commissions from 70 countries to find out how to develop new business and take advantage of opportunities in fresh markets.

UKTI says the latest figures show that the number of companies exporting from the East of England is up on this time last year as more and more companies are seeing the opportunities beyond our shores. Many companies are turning to UKTI which has the resources and expertise to fast-track the international expansion process..

Andrew Small from Harlow-based lighting company Lumino, which was supported to attend a major trade show in Germany with spectacular results, said: “Although we would have eventually achieved the results we are now seeing there is no doubt that the support from UKTI helped to fast track our growth.”

Others are grateful for the confidence that having UKTI on their side can provide. “UKTI really motivated us and showed us what was possible to do,” says Julien Labruyère from Cambridge-based Vet CT, which brings specialist teleradiology and telemedicine services to vets, which expanded into Australia with UKTI’s help. 

There are 16 seminars to choose from at ExploreExport in Newmarket, covering how to do business in specific markets along with topics including how to grow a business overseas, finance, e-commerce, franchising, language and culture. Countries being covered in the seminars include Japan, South Africa, Australia, Portugal and Spain, Canada, China and Qatar.

Alan Pain, UKTI’s regional trade director said “Overseas markets offer great growth opportunities for businesses in our area and with this event companies can shape their own agenda by finding out about the specific countries and the topics of most interest.

“The fact that we have expert commercial officers from more than 70 countries all under one roof with whom companies can quickly explore potential growth opportunities, means that they are also saving millions of air miles, time and money. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for any company wanting to grow their business whether they are new to exporting or an experienced exporter.”

Places at the event are selling out fast, so companies are advised to book now to guarantee inclusion. Attendees can pre-register for up to four one-to-one meetings with commercial officers, with the possibility of booking more sessions on the day.

Pre-Registrations can also be made for up to four seminars.

While many of the countries taking part are familiar to exporting companies, such this region’s top export markets Germany, the US, Ireland, France and The Netherlands, others are much less obvious. Among the 17 countries new to the event are Afghanistan, Cuba and Ethiopia, as well as New Zealand, Hong Kong and Greece.

Registrations can be made at www.exploreexport.ukti.gov.uk and cost £50 plus VAT per delegate.

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