The Brexit process has put the issue of overseas trade in the national spotlight. The North East remains a strong exporting region, but as the negotiations have progressed we have seen confidence among many exporters becoming increasingly fragile.
We remain clear in our position that Brexit must not be allowed to damage our firms’ ability to trade freely and openly with our biggest export market.
But we also know that our ambitions should extend far beyond the EU. Growing our trade with new and emerging markets will rely not only on businesses broadening their horizons but also on Government doing far more to build trade relationships, stimulate demand and support companies who want to export.
As a globally facing region we should also aspire to dramatically increase our inbound tourism through a clear and cohesive offer to overseas visitors. The North East is a destination that is second to none and we must do more to tell the world about it.
To build a more Global North East in 2019, we need:
- A Brexit outcome that doesn’t adversely affect our ability to trade with the EU
- Far greater activity across Government and by businesses to generate new trade opportunities across the globe
- Better resourced and tailored support for North East businesses to trade internationally
- Greater coordination and promotion of tourism across the North East
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