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The committee champions the region's strengths in exports and overseas trade, while discussing the issues that affect international businesses the most


Chair: Richard Swart (Berger Group Europe)

The Chamber contact: Ben Powick

The committee comprises members representing a wide-range of exporting businesses. The group has representatives from a multitude of sectors, from manufacturing to international recruitment, with the aim of discussing issues facing exporters and highlighting the benefits of what trading overseas can do for business growth.

In 2015, the committee covered a range of new and existing topics including the launch of the new trade services Go Global contract to help support exporters and a campaign to highlight the benefits of re-shoring to the region, which aimed to encourage businesses to bring some of their previously off-shored operations back to the North East. The committee was also involved in many of UKTI’s events such as Export Week and the North East & South Africa Trade conference.

This year, the committee will continue to champion the region's exporting potential, with a particular focus on the implications of the forthcoming EU referendum.