Friday, November 15, 2013

News: Chambers' role in export success

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Local Chambers of Commerce are set to play a bigger role in supporting export, working with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) alongside other business groups, to develop and accredit overseas Chambers of Commerce, initially in 21 key growth markets.

Chambers of Commerce are the largest private sector providers of international trade services in the UK, and are committed to helping businesses find new markets and trade the world.

As part of its efforts, a new online resource, Export Britain, has been launched to showcase the opportunities available in key international markets, and help businesses reach out to find new connections overseas.

Announced at the International Trade Conference last month, the accredited overseas Chambers of Commerce will give UK firms practical support when they travel overseas, and provide them with a first port of call in the countries they wish to do business in. Export Britain links UK exporters with these organisations.

This week is Export Week, a series of events to help companies to trade internationally.

Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, said: "At the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, we have long recognised the need to better support our exporters.

"Export Week will raise further awareness of the great opportunities out there for would-be exporters, and the fantastic support available for those who need it. We believe that export growth must be a priority, both for government and business.

"Local exporters are more optimistic now about their prospects, with confidence higher than it has been since before the economic crisis. But we need more companies that haven't considered exporting to have a go, and start saying yes to the opportunities that exist in new markets across the globe.

"Chambers of Commerce are here to support firms every step of the way, to help them make in-roads and connections in new countries and provide practical assistance such as training and export documentation."

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber website

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