This June and July, Export for Growth will be delivering the Trade Horizons Roadshow across the South West of England. It has been designed to help businesses in the region prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will inevitably bring. Its aim is to support businesses to take full advantage of potential future international sales opportunities, and prepare for any risks associated with Brexit through free expert advice.
From June 21st to July 3rd, the Roadshow will visit four locations in Cornwall, Bristol, Swindon and Exeter. Each event will host 5 keynote speakers - two of which will be successful British export businesses - and the others Brexit experts, who will discuss potential future issues as well as opportunities and trends.
Following the morning sessions, visitors will be able to explore the Export Advice Zones where they can access a wide range of free support tailored to the needs of their business, including a free ‘Brexit Health Check’ or advice on how to pitch their product in China.
Brands including Green & Blacks, Innocent Drinks and Beer52 will all be appearing at the event, making it the perfect place to gain inspiration from businesses who are trading successfully overseas.
The Trade Horizons Roadshow is part of a wider series of activity Business West is delivering in preparation for Brexit. Last month, Business West teamed up with Business Showcase South West to welcome Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, to Leigh Court. He addressed 150 local businesses on the positive position the South West currently finds itself in terms of export opportunity and growth.
James Monk, Commercial Director, Business West said:
“The Roadshow is a fantastic way to help companies in the region understand more around the challenges and opportunities that Brexit brings; not just within Europe but across the rest of the world.
“At Business West we can do much more for companies than just provide support through Export for Growth and the Department for International. Once we’ve encouraged and prepared businesses to export we don’t stop there - we support those companies even further.
“As one of the country’s leading and largest Chambers of Commerce we can provide export documentation and help companies with fulfilment of orders, getting their goods into the marketplace and working with banks and with Letters of Credit to ensure companies get paid. We don’t just encourage people; it’s all about helping them to physically make the contacts and then do the business.
“The Trade Horizons Roadshow is another example of Business West going the extra mile to ensure companies are prepared for what Brexit brings. In the last couple of years we’ve collectively taken the South West from being the worst performing region in the country in terms of export to the fastest growing. “We’re confident that we can guide the South West through Brexit with events like this and ensure this region continues to grow its export activity in the future.”
Trade Horizon Roadshow locations/dates
- St Austell Conference Centre, Cornwall 21/06
- Aerospace Museum, Bristol - 26/06
- Steam Museum, Swindon - 28/06
- Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter - 03/07
Find out more and book here: www.businesswest.co.uk/tradehorizons