West Midlands businesses explore exporting

West Midlands businesses explore exporting

A successful ‘Exporting is GREAT Week’ has inspired businesses across the region to explore opportunities to export.

Figures have shown that 194 companies from across the area attended events during the recent ‘Exporting is GREAT Week’ in April.

Of the businesses, 71 sought support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) for the first time – an increase of almost a third compared to last year when Export Week attracted 131 companies from the midlands area.

Christine Hamilton, interim director of UKTI West Midlands, said: “Exporting is GREAT Week was extremely busy for us, which is great news.

“Our trade advisers reported that many new companies in the region came out to seek new information and make contacts to explore business overseas, which is exactly what we need if we are to grow our economy and firms are to expand.

“The message is clear: the demand for British goods and services is huge across the globe and across all sectors and we can provide the expertise and support to help businesses access these new markets.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased to see how positive our regional businesses are about taking their brands abroad.”

Lorraine Duffy, of Tamworth-based clothing company Getting Dirty, who attended the flagship Global Opportunities Summit in Coventry, said: “I was very much inspired by the Global Opportunities Summit, hearing first hand from successful exporters who started from humble beginnings with nothing but a dream and developed their passion (eventually) into globally recognised brands.

“With such a mountain of expert professional help out there with UKTI, who understand and can guide you through future hurdles, why would you not take the step to exporting?  It’s not as if you are going alone.”