Bid to boost export growthBy David Millward
June 13, 2012
Two MPs have teamed up with business organisations to hold a free seminar on Exporting for Growth.
Reading West MP Alok Sharma and Newbury MP Richard Benyon are staging the event to give small and medium-size businesses practical advice and assistance with exporting.
It will be held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Madejski Stadium on Friday, June 29, with sponsorship from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP).
Mr Sharma said: “Some of the biggest opportunities for the UK are in markets like India and China which, in recent years, have seen their economies grow at a consistently high rate, despite the global economic slowdown.
“Starting to export to these countries can initially be a daunting prospect for a small or medium sized business, but I hope this seminar will highlight where help is available.”
Mr Benyon said: “In a Europe where economies are in recession or at best stagnating, exports to growing economies around the world are what will stimulate growth here at home.
“This event shows local companies the support that exists as part of the government’s strategy to increase both manufacturing and exports.”
TVB LEP will open the seminar with a talk about building a business platform on which to grow.
UK Trade and Investment will provide an insight into the opportunities for new business development in overseas markets and the support available to take the risk out of export sales.
The Institute of Directors will tell delegates about accelerating export growth through the use of licensing.
Steve Lamb, chairman of the TVB LEP, said: “Thames Valley Berkshire is the engine of the UK economy and we need to compete in a global competitive marketplace, so we want to ensure the right opportunities are available to local businesses to increase their global competitiveness.
“This seminar is a great opportunity for businesses to understand more about export markets and for us to understand what if any the barriers to growth may be for businesses.”
Martin Judd, chairman of the Reading and West Berkshire branch of Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Small businesses are known for their innovation and responsiveness to changing market conditions in order to survive and thrive.
“To improve their prospects for growth, exporting is an avenue many businesses may be considering and an event like this is great for helping this process along, so that lack of crucial information does not get in the way of success.”
Any business interested in attending the Exporting for Growth seminar should email email@example.com.