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Export Experts to Inspire North East Firms


A team of Global Champions has been assembled by the region's largest business membership organisation to inspire a new generation of firms looking to trade overseas.

NECC is set to host a Global Champions event in August for exporters in the North East.A team of Global Champions has been assembled by the region's largest business membership organisation to inspire a new generation of firms looking to trade overseas.

The North East Chamber of Commerce next week hosts the "Global Champions" event at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Newcastle International Airport, at which seasoned exporters will explain how they expanded their businesses into foreign markets and offer advice and guidance to firms looking to do the same.

Last year saw goods exported from the North East increase by a staggering 13.2% or £1.58bn to £13.502bn.

The North East remains the only region in the UK with a positive balance of trade in exports. Around 2,000 regional companies regularly trade globally and 10 North East companies won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2012.

NECC Export Services Manager, Brian Dakers, said:

"It is so important that companies look beyond our shores and are provided with all the help they need to do that.

"The aim of the event is to inspire and encourage regional businesses to explore the potential of expanding into new overseas markets by hearing from people who have done just that and been successful.

"Our Global Champions are all people who have excelled in opening up trade links abroad and are passionate about imparting their knowledge and experience to not only inspire fellow NECC members, but also outline the challenges and obstacles that firms may encounter when exporting."

NECC Global Champions include Nagma Ebanks-Beni and her brother Nima, both Directors at Prima Cheese Ltd. They will provide an insight into their experiences broadening their exporting horizons, having dealt mainly in the UK and Europe in the past they have now broken into the Middle Eastern and South America.

Nagma said:

"Having operated successfully in UK and European markets for a number of years, we decided to explore opportunities further afield. It isn't easy, but with a lot of hard work and determination opening up new foreign markets in the Middle East and South America has enabled us to grow our business considerably.

"This event is invaluable for businesses as they will learn of what support is available to them and gain knowledge from companies that just a few years ago were probably in a similar position to them."

HMRC Education & Development Officer, Keith Robe, will talk about new exporter approval status "Authorised Economic Operator" and Julie Dunning, Senior Sales Executive North East for Emirates, will discuss a trade mission to Dubai, as well as new flights and the services provided for passengers and freight.

This first event in a series of three scheduled for 2012, involves prominent exporters with experience of operating in all corners of the globe in a range of sectors, in businesses of all sizes.

Brian added:

"The North East has a proud history of making things and selling them to the world, a small, but incredibly successful minority of businesses still do that and we want to inspire more to take up the challenge and help establish a thriving and diverse regional economy.

"Global Champions is a unique event and I'd like to thank all the people who have given up their time to help support our membership by imparting their knowledge and experience."

The event, sponsored by Emirates, is designed to facilitate informal mentoring and matchmaking and aims to help companies share knowledge and experience, to mutual benefit.

The Global Champions event is set to take place on Thursday 23 August between 8.30am – 11.00am at Doubletree by Hilton at Newcastle International Airport.

To find out more and to book your place click here or email  or call Brian Dakers on 0191 374 0594.