24th October 2013, 11:46am
Export opportunities on the menu at business breakfast
The Think Tank Firms from across the county can learn about opportunities for growth at a specialist business breakfast to launch UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Export Week.

The University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce will host the event on Monday, 11th November at the Think Tank, in Ruston Way, Lincoln.

Dale Atkins, new export advisor for Lincolnshire, will present a talk ‘Be More: Taking your business to the next level’ to give firms the introduction they need to take their first step into exporting.

Mr Atkins, who is the latest addition to the 40 strong UKTI international trade team for the East Midlands, said: “Research shows that businesses that export add, on average, 30 per cent to their growth over two years. They also become more resilient and can spread their business risk. We’re hoping this event will help Lincolnshire firms get a clear picture of what they can expect when it comes to selling overseas.”

Andrew Stevenson, Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln, said: “The University is delighted to be partnering with UKTI to ensure Export Week gets off to a flying start in Lincolnshire. We know from our work with small and medium-sized businesses how exporting can provide a critical route for growth in hard times. Exporting is too often seen as something only the big firms do and we know that this event will help even the smallest companies understand the opportunities and support open to them.”

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive, at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “Over the past few years we have seen international trade in Lincolnshire go from strength to strength. And research gathered through the Lincolnshire Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey tells us that since August this year 37 per cent of county businesses say that their overseas sales have improved. This is the highest figure since the survey started in 2009, up by 3 per cent on the previous quarter.”

Up to 50 places are available at November’s breakfast workshop so firms are encouraged to book early.

For more information about Export Week and how to book your place at events, go to http://www.exportweek.ukti.gov.uk/full

To find out more about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help your company succeed overseas, call the East Midlands International Trade Hotline on 0845 052 4001.
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