Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 31st July 2015

First published in the Worcester News on 31 July 2015

International Opportunities

At the time of year when many people are considering holidays – either at home or abroad, I would urge you to consider the opportunities that International markets could provide to your business.

I am pleased to say our SMEs are already leading the way in exporting. It has recently been reported in the new ‘Great British Export Report’, which was compiled by FedEx the express transport company, that 52% of their small business customers in Worcester are exporting. On average these SMEs are exporting £39,652 more per month to Europe than they import – a higher figure than anywhere else in Britain. This is excellent news and congratulations to these businesses for seizing these opportunities to grow.

For first time exporters, there is excellent support available. The next Worcestershire Innovation Wednesday, which is being hosted by QinetiQ on 19 August, could also help you to take those important first steps as the focus will be on International Opportunities and UKTI will be on hand to help and offer guidance. Book your place today with registration links as well as the dates of future sessions available on the Worcestershire LEP’s website at www.wlep.co.uk

As we continue to raise the profile of the County regionally, nationally and internationally – I am pleased to say the spotlight will be firmly on Worcestershire next month as the Worcester Arena hosts the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships from 28 August – 6 September. The Road to Rio starts here as this is the qualifier for the Paralympics next year and I am sure we will welcome many International visitors. Businesses can get involved in many ways with team building such as workplace challenges, sponsorship and Corporate packages as well as benefitting from increased visitors to the County. Please do consider the many opportunities that could be available to your business as well as enjoy what promises to be an excellent sporting event with GB Team competing right here in Worcester. Secure your tickets today at www.euro2015.uk with links to this site also available from the LEP’s website.