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North East businesses urged to look to USA for Exporting Growth


Building on highly successful trade missions to Boston over the last four years, North East England Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade North East (DIT) have launched an events programme designed to help develop even closer ties between the US market and North East businesses.

As part of this work Richard Turner, HM Consul & Regional Director East USA, visited Newcastle yesterday. He attended a roundtable discussion with regional businesses hosted by Womble Bond Dickinson in Newcastle. The meeting was an opportunity for regional entrepreneurs to get an update from him on the political/business climate in the USA and the high value opportunities that exist for British products and services.

The main thrust of the discussion was on the advanced manufacturing, automotive, energy, food/drink and life sciences sectors in both the USA and the North East.

Julie Underwood, Chamber international trade director said: “The links between North East England and the USA have never been stronger and it continues to be vitally important to our region’s fortunes for trade, investment and collaboration on many fronts. We have a significant number of regional businesses who trade very successfully with the USA and there are opportunities for more companies to exploit this huge, potential marketplace.”

In addition to the roundtable event the Chamber and DIT are holding a ‘Doing Business in the USA’ seminar on 4th September at Durham County Cricket Club, in partnership with Avitus Group, CASE and Emirates.

This will be a further opportunity for companies to be supported in identifying where their own businesses can best target their products or services in America.

Julie Underwood said: “America is one of our region’s primary marketplaces and we have long-established links through members such as Womble Bond Dickinson, a transatlantic law firm. This visit and our other event will help to cement our close bond and boost our exporting economy.”

Any businesses which are interested in finding out more about exporting in general or need support for their existing export arrangements can find information on the Chamber website. There are details on a huge range of topics and issues including courses on export documentation, trade mission outlines, Brexit briefings and exporting for beginners.