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Events will highlight how increased exports can help business expansion

Small and medium-sized businesses in Staffordshire can find out how increased exports could help them expand at two events this month.

The New Markets, New Horizons events are being held at Staffordshire University’s Beaconside Campus in Stafford on Friday April 19 and Westwood Golf Club in Leek on Friday April 26.

Organised by Staffordshire County Council and UK Trade & Investment the main aim is to give businesses which have no or limited previous experience in exporting their products or services an insight into overcoming barriers.

The Stafford event is being run in partnership with Jeremy Lefroy MP, Staffordshire University and the Stafford Chamber of Commerce. Leek’s event is being run with Karen Bradley MP and the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.

The events will target key areas of business interest on exporting their products and services and provide opportunities to network, debate and seek expert guidance. They will also provide information on new initiatives aimed at encouraging businesses to start exporting.

Staffordshire County Council’s business support manager Trish Caldwell said: “We have already organised two successful export advice events in other parts of the county – providing valuable information and guidance to over 60 businesses. I would urge any business with little or no experience of exporting to attend. They will be able to speak to a range of experts and other businesses to discuss the perceived barriers to exporting and how they can overcome them.”

Robert Lawley, Head of International Trade, for UKTI Staffordshire said: “Selling overseas can provide big opportunities for local companies and as part of the National Export Challenge our aim is to help create more exporters in the region than ever before. Nationally we are aiming to have an additional 100,000 businesses trading overseas by the end of the decade. We want to provide an ideal opportunity for companies to find out more about the opportunities available to them and how exports can help their business grow. We hope it will inspire companies to take up the export challenge.”

Sian Dunning, Programme Manager in Enterprise and Commercial Development at Staffordshire University, added: “As the UK emerges slowly from a double dip recession the economy remains incredibly fragile. In order for businesses to grow they should be looking at the opportunities presented by exporting and in particular high growth markets. Working in partnership with UKTI, this event at Staffordshire University underlines the support available to companies to extend their global reach and also to access innovation expertise on the doorstep.”

The Stafford event on Friday 19th April takes place between 1.30pm and 4pm, with Leek’s event on Friday 26th April taking place between 7.30am and 10am.

Any business wanting to find out more and to book a place should visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/exporting

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