DEFRA Minister George Eustice will head a high profile line-up of speakers at Cornwall’s first ever export fair next month.
Connected Cornwall will include Martin Preater, senior international manager at Barclays; Nick Platts, head of cargo at Heathrow Airport; Miles Carden, Enterprise Zone manager at Aerohub; international trade consultant Linda Middleton-Jones; Toby Parkins, co-founder of software specialist Headforwards; Jonathon Jones, MD at Tregothnan Estate and Julian Hughes, export executive at Rodda’s.
Held during National Export Week on November 10 at Healey’s Cyder Farm, Connected Cornwall is being organised by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.
With breakfast and morning sessions targeted at companies who are already exporting and lunch and afternoon sessions focused on those businesses that have not yet entered the export market but are interested in doing so, demand for places is expected to be high.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP chairman, Mark Duddridge, and Department for International Trade South West manager, Mark Rogers, will welcome delegates at the start of breakfast. Eustice’s keynote speech will follow at 9am and there will then be a choice of breakout sessions throughout the day.
Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie, said: “Post Brexit, the export opportunities for Cornish businesses have never been better.
“To be successful, Cornish companies need to look outwards, beyond the Tamar and beyond national boundaries. Many are already doing that – and doing it very well.
“Some of our sessions will be led by entrepreneurs like Toby Parkins, whose company Headforwards is already trading across Europe – whilst others look at topics like freight logistics, legislation and the mechanics of sourcing new markets.
“There really is something for everyone and I’m looking forward to a very productive, informative day that both challenges and enthuses participants.”
Booking is now open for the fair. Tickets cost £25 each for breakfast and the morning and £25 for lunch and the afternoon. The all-day price is £50. For more information click here.