FREE workshop to help Mansfield businesses tap into overseas market

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Businesses looking to expand into overseas markets are being encouraged to book now to attend a free international trade workshop on 26th April in Mansfield,

The event is hosted by business development and networking organisation Mansfield 2020 and is sponsored by Barclays Business, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Mansfield District Council.

The event, which will take place at the Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, between 9.15am and 1pm will give local companies the chance to hear from successful local exporter Malcolm Hall of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited, get advice and guidance on managing foreign exchange and find out how UKTI can help to ‘internationalise’ your business.

Barrister, Patrick Fullerton has a wealth of experience of working in international markets and will outline the legal issues that should be taken into account when trading oversees.

Paul Thomas, regeneration manager of the recently announced Mansfield and Ashfield Shared Regeneration Service, will provide details on the Joint Economic Masterplan, ‘Ambition - A Plan for Growth’ and the related support for business development.

Sa’ad Al-Kattan of Sherwood Resources Limited, a specialist business engaged in assisting UK and European businesses in developing successful partnerships into the wider Middle East and North Africa, will advise on activity engagement, direction, delivery and partnership and sales development.

The event is the first in a series of free workshops being held across the district by Mansfield 2020 to encourage firms to tap into the opportunities overseas.

Recent statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs reveal that in the year to December 2011 the region as a whole has achieved the highest level of exports since before the economic crisis began, reaching £17.7 billion. The opportunities for local firms to tap into global markets are huge.

Export expert Peter Hogarth, regional director of UK Trade & Investment East Midlands said: “Many Nottinghamshire companies are already taking advantage of the international opportunities available, but there are so many more which could and should be exploring the potential offered overseas.

“The National Exporting for Growth Challenge is to get 100,000 new SMEs exporting within five years.  This is not just good for the economy; it’s good for businesses too: independent research shows quite clearly that companies that export tend to grow faster and be more productive and innovative than companies that do not export. 

“But of course we can’t reach these targets alone, so working with organisations like Barclays is vital to help us hit this target. 

Businesses interested in attending this event should book online at

To find out more about exporting call the UKTI East Midlands export hotline on 0845 052 4001.