Businesses are being urged to spread their wings to take their products and services to overseas markets.
Established exporters will be among the speakers at an event to be held later this month to offer first-hand advice on making those first steps.
They will be joined by experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) whose job it is to facilitate overseas trade.
Export North West: First Steps To Export will take place at Bolton Whites Hotel on June 28, organised by DIT with Lancashire Business View.
The event will feature guidance, first-hand experiences and Q&As with business owners who have successfully exported and business experts who have helped various companies to break into international markets.
The DIT will also shine a spotlight on the wealth of support available for new exporters including personal advisors, workshops, long-term programmes, financial advice and funding.
The confirmed speakers :
- Chris Baxter, International trade consultant, Department for International Trade.
Chris leads the organisation’s export academy in the North and will discuss how it can support first-time exporters.
- Pamela Moffat, director, p3od
Pamela will share her experiences with the academy and how it helped her company begin its export journey.
- John McKeown, director, Wolftown Distillery
John will share how a trade mission to Dublin boosted his company’s exports
- Dom Raban, CEO, Xploro
A newcomer to export, Dom will share his experiences so far, including setting up a new operation in the US
Chris Baxter of the DIT said: “Exporting presents a huge opportunity for a wide variety of businesses, whether you’re looking to target specific countries or go truly global.
“But we appreciate that while the rewards are there, many organisations simply don’t know what the first steps to take. This is event is for those businesses, it’s a signpost of what to do, what help is available, and some relatable stories from businesses who have been there and done it to show what’s possible.”
Attendees will be able to speak with DIT representatives to ask questions and make connections with advisors, and will have the opportunity to network with other like-minded businesses.
Richard Slater of Lancashire Business View, added: “Our view is that if you can sell it round the north west, you can sell it round the world. “This event is a continuation of our partnership with the Department for International Trade. They always come armed with plenty of advice and guidance that is sure to inspire and equip the next wave of international success stories.”