Drive to Export Overseas for North Yorkshire Businesses
9:46am 12th March 2013
Chamber International is spearheading the biggest export drive Yorkshire has seen for decades to boost the region’s economy by billions of pounds.
Despite its rich manufacturing pedigree Yorkshire boxes significantly under its weight in international trade, say the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. Only seven per cent – one in fourteen – businesses do any exporting at all.
The Chamber adds that the “We Are International” campaign, run in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Partnership of the Leeds City region and UK Trade & Investment, is a once-in-a-generation initiative to massively increase the number of businesses selling their goods or services overseas.
Central to the campaign is the formation of an Export Network, a seasoned team of highly-experienced Export Champions and Ambassadors, who will mentor and offer practical, hands-on advice to novice or inexperienced exporters in a bid to add £2.6 billion to Yorkshire’s coffers, say the Chamber.
“In the early days of my career the great names in textiles, carpets, engineering etc. were all very much alive and well so it’s particularly sad to know we have declined so much,” said one Champion. I think these initiatives are excellent and I would be delighted to take part.”
The campaign will have a high-profile launch in Leeds on today at DLA Piper UK LLP. This will be followed by a series of quarterly two hour meetings and other events.
“Our aim is to mobilise an army of new exporters for a global campaign,” said Tim Bailey, the international trade director of Chamber International. “Our Export Champions and Ambassadors will demystify exporting and take away the fears many firms have about selling abroad.
“These days it’s as easy to sell to Korea as it is to Keighley if you have the right support behind you. British goods are highly regarded around the world. The opportunities are there and we can help.
“Firms which continue to rely on a declining domestic market may well go the way of the dinosaurs.”
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