Thanet MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Craig Mackinlay, have hosted an export event for local entrepreneurs interested in exploring the opportunities available globally to business as we leave the European Union.
The event, which was held at the Hornby Visitor Centre in Margate, was in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and was held on board the DIT’s Export Hub.
Experts in the fields of international trade and exports provided regionally-based businesses with essential information on the benefits of exporting, as well as practical advice on how to start or grow export sales, how to access live global export opportunities and how to optimise business for selling online.
Firms were also briefed on the range of support available from the Department for International Trade.
DIT’s Export Hub is part of the government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, which aims to help more British businesses explore new markets overseas.
Before the event, North Thanet MP, Sir Roger Gale, commented:
“It is important that post-Brexit all companies, however large or small, seize the opportunity to export goods and services.
“There really is no barrier to entry into the global marketplace and that is why I hope that instead of feeling “that`s not for me” businesses will take the opportunity to come along and to take advantage of the expertise that will be on offer.
“Nothing to lose and possibly a very great deal to gain!”
After the event, South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, said:
“Sir Roger and I were so pleased to welcome the Department for International Trade roadshow to Thanet.
“Our most recent exporting results have been hugely impressive with exports of £43.2 billion in 2017 in the South East region alone - an increase of 10.8% on 2016.
“British products and services already have international respect and demand and I want more of our local businesses to take advantage of this.
“There is free help available from the Department for International Trade for any Thanet businesses considering exporting, so please do get in touch if you need any advice.”