East Midlands food and drink manufacturers are being invited to discover how they can gain a slice of the export market by tapping into overseas opportunities.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is staging a free event that will turn the spotlight on the best ways to harness export orders.

Export is currently top of the government’s growth agenda, and according to UKTI, academic research confirms that exporting companies are more productive than non exporters, achieve stronger financial performance, and are more likely to stay in business.

The event takes place at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, on Tuesday September 27th from 9am to 1.30pm.

It will focus on a range of issues such as how to enter new export markets, including where current opportunities lie, the options for getting products into the market, paperwork and labelling implications, and how to ensure payment from customers.

Aimed at small and medium-sized food and drink manufacturers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, the session will also feature workshops, a case study presentation and networking opportunities.

“This is the perfect event for East Midlands food and drink manufacturers who are thinking of exporting or who have just started to tap into overseas markets,” said Bob O’Meara, international trade adviser for UKTI.

“It will provide a good insight into how to enter new export markets, including which countries are currently growth areas. There is a good deal of help and support available for firms that are keen to export, and attending this event could be the first step towards opening new doors and creating new opportunities for expansion.

“I would urge any small or medium-sized food or drink manufacturer in the region that’s thinking of exporting to attend.”

For information or to book, call 0115 9758810 or email jo.taylor@foodanddrinkforum.co.uk

UKTI is the government department that works with UK-based companies to ensure their success in international markets, and encourages the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

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