Fylde firms urged to export

Clive Drinkwater, UKTI's regional director for the North West.

Clive Drinkwater, UKTI's regional director for the North West.

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Businesses on the Fylde are being urged to take part in a week of events aimed at boosting exports from the region.

The events come from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the government body set up to help increase trade abroad.

It has teamed up with business leaders for Export Week, starting on Monday.

Export Week is a national event supported by the Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Green, as part of a drive to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020 and get 100,000 more companies exporting.

Events in the North West include getting tips on exporting to emerging European markets, a chance to meet two of the region’s most successful female entrepreneurs, and a trip to the world’s largest event devoted to low-carbon building.

There will be opportunities for novice exporters to visit one of 11 European countries for a nominal charge of £99 through UKTI’s new ‘Export Insight Visits’.

Clive Drinkwater, UKTI’s regional director for the North West, said: “The value of exports from North West businesses was estimated at more than £26bn last year, providing a massive boost to the region’s economy.”

The emerging European markets event is at The Pines Hotel, Chorley on Tuesday from 9.30am to 3.15pm.

For more details of all events contact Rachel Kijowski on 0161 875 2350 or e-mail: events@uktinorthwest.co.uk.