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Businesses take part in export event

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

Karen Bradley with representatives from businesses across the Staffordshire Moorlands who took part in the exporting event.

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MANAGERS from more than 30 businesses based across the Staffordshire Moorlands took part in export event held at Westwood Golf Club.

The event was organised by Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Staffordshire County Council.

The businesses took advantage of the opportunity for free tailored advice on how exporting could work for them.

Topics covered included an introduction to exporting, marketing opportunities and specialist sector advice.

Lloyds Bank staff were also on hand to offer financial advice.

Mrs Bradley said: "I am always excited and impressed by how many original and high quality companies we have in the Moorlands, and we saw some great examples sharing their experience at the event.

"UKTI aims to get 100,000 more businesses selling overseas by the end of the decade and there has never been a better time to explore the possibilities.

"I am glad I was able to help people get the specialist advice they need."

Frances Bromley from Leek-based Scabetti, who attended as guest speaker, provided an example of how a small business from the Moorlands has grown to export high quality products across the world.

The Scabetti studio specialises in the production and installation of statement piece sculptures and has built up a reputable portfolio of commissions in corporate headquarters, hotels, shopping centres and restaurants across the globe.

The company was commissioned to provide a centrepiece in the Land Forces Command HQ boardroom in the Netherlands and have its work displayed in other countries including France, USA and across Asia, as well as on cruise liners.

Its work is also showcased in prestigious UK locations such as Jill and Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.

Ms Bromley said: "I consider UKTI as an integral part of our team; being able to provide essential support while we focus on our rapidly expanding international offering.

"The trade show assistance results in invaluable networking and PR opportunities and enables us to personally present our products to overseas markets."

Export statistics issued by HMRC show that the West Midlands continues to be the top region for overseas growth, having the highest year-on-year percentage increase in exports in England.

Annual exports are up from 23.3 billion to 27.8 billion, which is a 19.2 per cent increase compared to the last year's figures.

Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington said: "Exporting can really open up opportunities to businesses and enable them to substantially increase their operations. UKTI speaks to businesses all of the time about perceived barriers and will guide them through so they can successfully tap into overseas markets."

Anyone who is interested in attending future events can either contact Mrs Bradley's office on 01538 382421 or get in touch with either Wendy Hall or Becky White from UKTI direct on 01782 224408 or 01782 224409.

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