Local businesses across the North East will learn about exporting to North America in a free event hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT) on Thursday 20th September.

A masterclass will take place on DIT’s Export Hub at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland between 8.30am and 1pm. The session will focus on how specific sectors can tap into opportunities in North America including food and drink (9.10am) and how to enter the market (9.30am).

The event will also welcome experts from DIT North America, including Rebecca Mowat, DIT’s Head of Trade and Investments, South East USA, who will be on hand to offer practical advice on how firms can succeed in the North American marketplace. One-to-one sessions will also take place from 10.10am on the export truck.

As part of DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, the Export Hub is touring the nation, hosting a series of events to help businesses trade overseas. The events will provide essential information on the benefits of exporting and the key steps and processes that need to be considered. Businesses will also learn about the ongoing support available from DIT.

One business which has already benefitted from DIT’s support in the US market is Stockton-on-Tees based Skignz. The company, which designs and produces augmented reality platforms for mobile phones, has been working closely with DIT advisers on the ground across the US to identify new partners and buyers.  It is now exploring opportunities to provide its software to major US telecoms providers and sports leagues.

David Coppock, DIT’s Head of North East, said: “The relationship between the North East of England and North America has never been stronger. In fact, exports to the region in the first quarter of 2018 alone totalled an impressive £303.3m.

“North America is the most competitive economy in the world, so events like this are designed to provide practical tips and advice that will help businesses navigate the market. With each state in North America comes with its own unique challenges including differing tastes, trade regulations and taxation. However, our International Trade Advisers are on hand to help firms overcome these barriers and start or expand their exports to this market.

“Businesses across the North East looking to export to North America and grow their business should join us at the Export Hub and find out what support is on offer. This event is designed to inspire, educate and support SMEs looking to explore overseas market. I hope to welcome many new faces to the event and show them ways in which they can reap the benefits of exporting.”

Businesses of all sizes can register to visit the Export Hub at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland,

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