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LOOK EAST FOR EXPORT SUCCESS

03 September 2013 11:50

UK Trade & Investment

NE/068/13

North East firms are being urged to look east and explore export opportunities in the Middle East to help their businesses grow.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in partnership with the British Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have organised a Market Visit to coincide with the Arab Healthcare Exhibition and Congress at the end of January 2014.

Stephen Muir, UK Trade & Investment International Trade Adviser who will lead the delegation, said:

“The Middle East offers extensive opportunities in a wide of range sectors and this visit will also coincide with the Arab Healthcare Exhibition and Congress.

“This is a four-day event that will take place 27-30 January and is the largest healthcare exhibition and congress in the Middle East and Asia, attracting visitors and delegates from around the world.

“We’ve organised the market visit to coincide with this major event to give those in the healthcare sector a chance to attend and make the most of the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in the sector and meet new contacts.

“Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is the UK’s largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa and our 13th largest export market overall.

“The UK exports around £5.1 billion worth of goods and services to the UAE every year and it has been designated as one of UKTI’s high growth markets.

“As well as the healthcare sector, there is strong demand for a wide range of goods and services including telecommunications, power generating machinery and equipment, electrical goods, transport, office machinery, energy, financial services, construction and design, travel and tourism, education and the creative industry sectors.

“Travelling as part of a group provides added security and support and, of course, UKTI offers experience hands-on advice and guidance both before and during the visit. It’s a great way to explore the export opportunities that the market offers.”

Companies need to register their interest before the end of October. There is a financial contribution on offer for eligible companies of £450 as well as a 50 per cent discount on Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) reports for those taking part to provide in-depth research into the market and highlight potential business contacts.

For more information about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help your company succeed overseas call the North East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054 or email: enquiries@uktinortheast.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/UKTINorthEast.
Notes to Editors

Media contact: Karen Bell / Kate Read / Jill Barber 0191 283 4003 / 4007 / 4009 or email: karen.bell@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk / kate.read@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk / jill.barber@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk
1. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit www.ukti.gov.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000. For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at www.ukti.gov.uk/media. You can also keep in touch with developments at UKTI through www.blog.ukti.gov.uk, www.twitter.com/ukti and www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ukti.
2. Companies in the North East can find out more about the services available through UK Trade & Investment by contacting the North East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054 or email: enquiries@uktinortheast.org.uk
3. The Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) offers a flexible service that can be tailored to offer a range of support from researching the market and highlighting potential business contacts to guidance on technical standards, labelling and packaging requirements. It offers ten levels of service, built around the typical requirements of a business making its first steps into a new market, all providing a flexible blend of preparatory advice and research as well as support when a company visits the market. Prices vary depending on the level of service required. The overseas experts will propose a programme of support and advice that meets a company’s individual needs. This could include an analysis of possible market entry strategies, identification of possible business partners and preliminary discussions with them on the company’s behalf. Staff can also identify potential customers and contacts to meet during a visit to the target market. Research would highlight local conditions and may include advice on competitors, local regulations and standards relating to the company’s products or services. Staff can also assist with introductions to translators or interpreters, offer advice and assistance with publicity in the target market, help organise events and set up key appointments or find relevant tender opportunities.
4. Market Visits - each year an extensive programme of market visits is organised by UK Trade & Investment offering companies the chance to visit a market as part of a delegation with the support of an experienced International Trade Adviser (ITA). Includes briefings with overseas staff both before and during the visit and comprehensive support from the ITA before, during and after the visit.
5. European Regional Development Fund 2007-13 International trade support services in the North East are financed in part by the European Union’s ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13, securing £5,999,216 of ERDF investment through the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13 is investing over £250m in North East England to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region. The ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13 for North East England is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government on behalf of the European Commission and regional partners. ERDF 2007-13 for North East England is focusing on:
Innovation – promoting science technology and innovation in businesses and institutions across the region.
Enterprise and business support – encouraging more people to start up in business, particularly those in disadvantaged areas, and helping established businesses develop, grow and innovate.
More than £300m ERDF investment is available for the region from 2007-13. ERDF investment is limited to 50% of total eligible cost and must be matched by other public and private sources. For every pound of ERDF investment, regional partners lever in another pound for the key priorities of innovation, enterprise and business support.
The programme is underpinned by the three important cross cutting themes of environmental sustainability, equality of opportunity and sustainable communities.

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