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Chamber international trade director Julie Underwood outlines the advantages of a global marketplace


Find out more about the Atlanta trade mission coming up soon, as published in yesterday’s Journal.

More and more I am being asked to talk about the opportunities which are available to businesses around the world. The Brexit debate has certainly shone an intense light on all matters trade related and indeed a negative outcome could potentially have a major impact on the future of our economy. However, for a moment let’s reflect on the positive, the opportunities available globally and the businesses which have done great things and continue to do so.

The US is the North East’s largest trading partner after the EU and experience tells us that there is always a welcoming and warm reception for businesses who venture across the pond.

Following a five year programme of Trade Missions to Boston, there are many success stories to tell and now as a Chamber, working alongside the Department for International Trade, we are committing our efforts to opening doors in Atlanta. A foundation is already in place, with such great NE based businesses such as Sage plc and Womble Bond Dickinson, having US headquarters there and now a transfer from Atlanta to Newcastle Utd with Miguel Almiron! There is also our proud historical connection with Dr Martin Luther King.

From March 18 -21, we will be taking a group of businesses to Atlanta to continue to build upon these successes.

Atlanta is a thriving hub for creativity and industry, the 10th largest economy in the USA and the 22nd largest in the world. This trade mission provides a unique opportunity to explore this state, as well as the wider US market for your business. Hosted by the Department for International Trade and supported by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the trade mission will be of particular relevance to companies active in the digital sector with a unique offering.

There are still spaces left on this trip where companies will receive a wealth of knowledge including briefings on the US and Atlanta business environments. They will also build connections with in-market specialists and business representatives and have access to a tailored one to one meeting programme.

If you are interested in joining us on the trade mission to Atlanta please contact Paul Sparks on 07810058711 or by email

I wholeheartedly recommend businesses taking the chance to showcase their offer to US companies who are looking for UK products and services, investment opportunities and strategic partnerships.

Trade with the US will continue as now, no matter the Brexit outcome, so let’s focus on the positive

If you would like any further information please contact or call 03451360069.