Yorkshire and the Humber businesses encouraged to broaden their trading horizons

Yorkshire and the Humber businesses encouraged to broaden their trading horizons

Expert speakers will encourage Yorkshire and the Humber businesses to trade with North America at a key seminar in Leeds next week.

The event on 15 September at the Wellington Place office of international commercial law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, will offer businesses expert insight and advice on accessing the US market.

Keynote speaker at the seminar is Finn Weise, president of the Council for American States in Europe (CASE), the official European representatives of individual US state governments. CASE has an active membership of 17 states with full-time offices in various European nations.

With the support of colleagues from about 14 US states, Finn will explain the information and support that economic development organisations in the US can offer exporting businesses.

Mark Simpson, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds, will chair the seminar and provide an overview of tailored legal services for businesses wanting to access the US while Colin Russell, an international trade advisor specialising in the US for the Department for International Trade (DIT) Yorkshire and the Humber will explain why businesses in the region should trade with the US and outline other sources of advice and support.

The US is the world’s largest economy and boasts the fastest growth rates of any developed economy with the latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting GDP growth of 2.2% in 2016 and 2.5% cent in 2017.

Coupled with the strong US dollar, these factors make the US a very attractive market for first-time and established exporters in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Mark Robson, Department for International Trade regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "This high profile event offers first-time and established exporters the rare opportunity to meet the experts to discuss and share useful intelligence on accessing the US market and raising their profile in the US, together with consideration of essential issues such as choosing the right location, investment options, intellectual property, law and tax.