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Exporting is GREAT roadshow to motor in Birmingham…

Submitted by on November 13, 2015 – 7:30 am |

Lord Francis Maude at the Export LaunchA 32-tonne truck is heading to Birmingham as part of a Government campaign to encourage businesses to sell their goods and services overseas.

Exporting is GREAT (EiG) is a five-year campaign that aims to support 100,000 new British exporters in selling their goods and services abroad, by 2020.

And to help kick it off, the truck – a mobile Export Hub – will be at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, on Wednesday, November 18, offering local companies the chance to drop in and receive initial advice and support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) experts, as well as the chance to speak to businesses that already have taken the plunge and are enjoying success overseas.

Its arrival in Birmingham will follow UKTI’s dedicated Export Week (November 9-13), which will see hundreds of businesses from the area participate in dedicated events across the region to build contacts in new markets and boost export sales.

Mark Sankey, Head of the International Trade Team West Midlands, said the EiG Export Hub roadshow offers the ideal opportunity for businesses interested in taking their goods and services overseas for the first time.

He said:

“Exporting is GREAT is the Government’s most ambitious export campaign to date and so we and other business support agencies will be on the truck on the day, offering drop-ins for any business that has yet to start exporting but wants to find out how it can be done.

“We hope to remove the misconceptions that surround exporting. Many businesses believe it is too challenging but when you have access to a wide range of help and support from UKTI that is not the case.

“We want to help businesses, regardless of their size, enter the overseas market so they can experience the myriad benefits of taking their goods and services.”

Over the past three years, 435 businesses in the Birmingham area have received help and support from UKTI, and won a reported £117.4 million in overseas sales. One, is Solihull-based Westhaven Worldwide Logistics, provides free of charge information and guidance to SME’s, start-ups and new exporters.

Gary Baylis, business development manager, said:

‘We work closely with UKTI so that, together, we can encourage UK exporters to exploit opportunities in foreign markets, but it’s crucial that companies are well informed about the procedures, processes, challenges and obstacles involved in international trade before jumping into exporting.”

Mark said UKTI West Midlands was now firmly focused on increasing the number of businesses from the region exploring new markets.

He added:

“We know from speaking to ambitious SMEs in our area that many are keen to take that first step but have been nervous about doing so, but we would really urge them to come along to the roadshow to see exactly what support we could offer.”

For more details about the Exporting is GREAT roadshow, visit

The Exporting is Great truck will be at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, on Wednesday, November 18, between 11am and 2pm.

It will also be visiting:

Lichfield Road Industrial Estate, Tamworth, Staffs, Monday, November 16

LG Harris in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Worcs, Tuesday, November 17

Welcome Break services, M54 Telford, Shropshire, Thursday, November 19

West Bromwich Albion Ground, West Bromwich, Friday, November 20

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