The Department for International Trade (DIT) today launches Northern Powerhouse International Week launches, kick-starting five days of activity designed to shine a light on northern enterprise and innovation.
DIT has helped secure exports worth more than £58bn in the year to September 2017 from companies based in the north of England and helped attract foreign investment creating 15,000 new jobs in 2016-17.
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: “I am delighted to launch Northern Powerhouse International Week, celebrating the global success of companies of all sizes based in the north.
“With exports from the region reaching over £58bn last year, the north is now recognised around the world as a centre for excellence and innovation.
“My international economic department will continue to help build on the strengths of the north – providing support to businesses throughout their export journey and working hard to attract even more foreign investment into the Northern Powerhouse.”
The International Week is part of a series of events supporting the government’s ambition to boost the Northern Powerhouse economy by investing in education and skills, enterprise, innovation, connectivity, transport, culture and trade and investment.
The Week will see:
· Three separate trade missions of northern businesses, 49 in total, to India and the UAE.
· A large delegation of international TV executives attending the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool from 18 – 21 February, with some 700 buyers viewing thousands of hours of content in specially constructed digi booths.
· The Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2018 taking place on 22 February bringing together exporters from across the Northern Powerhouse to celebrate their export achievements and inspire others from the region to export around the world.
· New Northern Powerhouse branding being displayed across key locations in the north including Manchester and Newcastle airports to showcase the global connections and opportunities within the region.
Northern companies will travel to Gulfood in Dubai, the world’s largest food trade show, to demonstrate the North’s Food and Drink sector.
Pharmaceutical businesses will head on a life sciences mission to India, and a tech delegation will visit Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore – known as the Silicon Valley of India with its global technology hub.
In each of these three trade missions DIT expects the companies to sign deals and achieve export wins.