Exporting for growth

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Businesses from across Cornwall have been urged to expand overseas and realise the full potential of export markets, at a major event held in Truro.

The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West Exporting for Growth event was held at Truro College to highlight the importance of international trade for economic growth in the county and was attended by 80 delegates with representatives from 30 Cornish companies – the best attended event in the region so far.

The seminar was organised in partnership with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and addressed by speakers including Truro and Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton.

Delegates heard of experiences of local companies that have grown through successful exporting and received practical advice from UKTI experts.

UKTI regional director, Russell Jones, said: “The success of the Exporting for Growth event in Truro has demonstrated the increasing awareness of businesses that exports can be the key to growth.

“There is a huge demand for quality British products, services and expertise in all corners of the world and research shows that a growing number of SMEs in the south west have increased their export levels.

“Targeting the right export markets is essential for overseas success and that’s where UKTI and our partner organisations can provide invaluable support to help the region’s businesses flourish overseas.”

Exhibitors at the event included the Manufactory Advisory Service, Santander Bank, Bishop Fleming, Superfast Cornwall, Unlocking Potential, HSBC Bank and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.