Export advice on offer at Ludlow Food Festival

Export advice on offer at Ludlow Food Festival

Organisers of Shropshire’s Ludlow Food Festival are joining forces with the Department for International Trade West Midlands and Buy-From Shropshire, to offer visitors and exhibitors the chance to learn more about exporting.

It is also bringing buyers and trade advisers from a variety of overseas markets to introduce them to the local producers, as part of the Department’s Exporting is GREAT campaign which aims to inspire and support UK businesses to seize thousands of current export opportunities available.

International Trade Advisers (ITAs) will be on hand at the Exporting is GREAT stand to offer advice on how to start exporting or how to grow overseas business.

After the festival has closed it will host a Meet the Buyer reception, for exhibitors to meet other local businesses and to speak with overseas buyers and trade advisers.

Christine Hamilton, interim regional director for The Department for International Trade West Midlands, said: “Taking buyers and international trade advisers to the Ludlow Food Festival is a first for us and we are really looking forward to meeting some of the amazing food and drink producers from the Marches area.

“It is the ideal opportunity for us to speak to a wide range of local producers about how we can support them as they start to export or if they want to build on what they have already achieved. We have helped a number of food and drink producers in the region expand their horizons and they are now successfully selling overseas.

Lindsey Rollins, event manager of the Ludlow Food Festival, said: “Our ethos as a food festival is to support independent food and drink producers, which means we are delighted this year to welcome the Department for International Trade as part of the Festival as well as the overseas buyers. We hope this will increase opportunities and extend our offering to those businesses who are part of Ludlow Food Festival,”

Nick Davis, owner of Hobsons Brewery, which will be exhibiting at the Festival, said: “This is a great opportunity for local companies to meet with a range of buyers and experts from overseas markets, who can sample some of the fantastic food and drink available from the region. We've benefited from the help and expertise of the International team over the past 15 years to grow our export business and would encourage local producers to get involved in export.”

The renowned festival takes place between September 9 and 11 within the town’s castle walls. The Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT stand will be located in the Inner Bailey in Ludlow Castle on September 9.


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