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Exhort to export
Businesses in York are being invited to embrace export opportunities as part of a campaign to rebalance the region’s economy through more overseas trade.
A series of export courses are being run through the Leeds Enterprise Partnership’s scheme We Are International in a bid to create a greater understanding of export and its benefits in the local business community.
The partnership, which covers the York area, has enlisted Chamber International, the international trade department of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, to deliver the courses.
A number of issues will be covered in the ten export courses including exporting principals, documentation, payment methods and security, cultural etiquette, insurance and the delivery of products.
Mike Strawson, Chamber International head of export training, said: “Growing demand for our courses is further evidence that Yorkshire as a whole is gearing up for a significant export drive.
“We have never been busier. A great deal of interest has come from businesses in the York area and we’re very keen that companies there should take up this opportunity to attend courses which could benefit their businesses considerably through overseas trade. “The courses enable businesses to respond more professionally to enquiries and to generate more overseas business so they can increase profitability, turnover, security and employment.
“In spite of recent better economic news, the UK and wider EU economy remains weak and businesses in York, like those in the rest of the UK, need to realise their export potential, especially to faster-growing markets.”
The courses, which are being updated to keep pace with changing international trade regulations, can be held at individual company premises in York or at Chamber international’s offices in Bradford or its training base in Leeds.
Chamber International’s re-launch of the courses follows record numbers of Yorkshire businesses attending British Chambers of Commerce exporting examinations.
In the first six months of 2013, 145 people from companies throughout Yorkshire, 23 more than in the whole of 2012, have attended Chamber International export courses.
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