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BOOK YOUR PLACE - UKTI South West “ExploreExport” event

PUBLISHED: 16:20 30 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 30 October 2013

UKTI South West is hosting ExploreExport

UKTI South West is hosting ExploreExport

UKTI South Wes

BOOK YOUR PLACE - UKTI South West “ExploreExport” event

Date: 12th Tuesday November

Venue: Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel

In a bid to inspire more local businesses to consider doing business overseas, UKTI South West is hosting ExploreExport. This event provides a unique opportunity to speak to advisers, gain valuable insight from successful exporters and meet with commercial officers from up to 60 global markets on a one-to-one basis.

As part Export week there will be two ExploreExport events.

• Monday 11 November - Thistle Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Exeter

• Tuesday 12 November - Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel, South Gloucestershire

ExploreExport is being held at Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel on Tuesday 12th November.

Find out more or book your place at www.exportweek.ukti.gov.uk and by following UKTI South West on Twitter @UKTI_SW (#exportweek)

About UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

UKTI is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/media. You can also keep in touch with developments at UKTI through: http://www.blog.ukti.gov.uk, www.twitter.com/ukti and http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ukti.

Away from trade finance and insurance, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government’s main export department with a mission to get another 100,000 SMEs exporting and increase the value of exports to £1 trillion by 2020. UKTI’s International Trade Advisers, located across the South West can provide businesses with the dedicated specialist support and bespoke advice that they need. Their expertise, combined with their first-hand experience of the markets they specialise in, provide businesses with the knowledge they need to succeed. They also provide opportunities to access a range of other UKTI services, from financial subsidies to overseas missions.

Passport to Export – support for first time exporters

The ‘Passport to Export’ scheme helps new or novice exporters assess their readiness for international trade. It provides them with training, planning and ongoing support needed to begin their journey to export. The programme includes mentoring and advice from an International Trade Adviser for 12 months and free attendance to workshops. Companies taking part in ‘Passport to Export’ are entitled to £3,000 of matched funding and a £500 grant towards a company’s first Overseas Market Introduction Service.

Gateway to Global Growth – assisting experienced exporters

For businesses that have already begun exporting and are ready to expand further afield, the ‘Gateway to Global Growth’ 12-month flexible programme can provide strategic support from an International Trade Adviser. The programme enables expanding companies to conduct extensive market research, undertake language training and attend networking events to build a solid foundation for overseas expansion. Companies taking in part in ‘Gateway to Global Growth’ receive an International Business Review and are entitled to £3,000 of matched funding for Export Vouchers and free access to training and workshops.

Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) – putting you in touch with market experts

UKTI has a unique network of commercial officers, based in British embassies and consulates around the world, ready to help UK companies get the best possible results from their international trade activities. The Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) puts businesses in direct touch with these market experts, who can offer focused advice and assistance tailored to specific requirements. These teams have the local language skills, market knowledge and network of commercial connections to help businesses at whatever stage of their journey- be they in the initial research stage or at the point of closing a deal. Support available through the OMIS includes detailed market research, identification of commercial opportunities, one-to-one mentoring with overseas trade teams, tips on cultural and business etiquette, and interpreter support at meetings. OMIS is a subsidised service and charges vary according to the extent of the assistance required. A range of discounts are available for first time users of OMIS.

Trade Missions – taking your first step overseas

Trade missions provide participants with unique access to high quality information, business contacts and officials that it would be virtually impossible to achieve alone. They also provide companies with an opportunity to benefit from the knowledge, contacts and experience of others travelling with them. It is often through organised trade missions that many companies finally take their first step overseas.

With good preparation and follow-up, missions can be great door-openers and participants can often achieve sales and sign contracts on a first visit if they have done their homework well. Such visits also provide invaluable business contacts, partnership possibilities and the opportunity to access hands-on and up-to-date market information and research. Participating in a UKTI trade mission is a great way to quickly get the feel and flavour of a country, and to determine if and where the opportunities lie. In short, there is also no better way to learn about the culture, customs and business environment than getting on a plane and seeing it for yourself.

To find out more about UKTI’s range of support services visit www.ukti.gov.uk, call 0845 60 60 969 or email enquiries@uktisouthwest.org

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