The Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry launched a new exporter’s forum at the Carlton Menzies Hotel Bournemouth, with the help of UK Trade & Investment South West, the Dorset International Business Network.
With the success of exports becoming ever more crucial to the recovery of the UK economy, the Chamber is keen to promote the success of established international companies in the region, but also encourage those considering it.
The event provided the opportunity for companies and service providers to discuss opportunities overseas, share practical advice and important considerations before taking a leap in to the unknown.
Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said: “Driving exports and international trade forward in Dorset and the South West is essential to the economic growth of our region. Dorset businesses export many kinds of goods and services. They will be seeking to increase trade as the economy improves at home and abroad.”
Nick Field, International Trade Adviser from UK Trade & Investment South West, helped kick things off with information about UKTI’s position in the UK and how they can assist with exports. Hugh Francis of UK Export Finance provided some valuable advice for financing export opportunities and guaranteeing capital investments.
Sarah Hildersley, newly appointed South West Regional co-ordinator for the Overseas Chambers Programme, explained the assistance available through the new initiative to foster better links between industry, the chambers and embassies based overseas.
This was the first of four events planned for this year.