Export grants, advice and resources showcased at first free ExportExchange event

A panel of seasoned exporters from across the Leeds City Region will host the first quarterly ExportExchange peer-to-peer event on 27 September at York Racecourse.

The ExportExchange.co.uk initiative, launched in July to bring together experts in overseas trade within firms from the region, has already helped share exporting knowledge with dozens of growing exporters who have registered to receive advice from experienced local mentors.

The first ExportExchange ‘Live’ event has been designed to provide real life examples of what resources are available to new or growing exporters, from grants and matched funding to export documentation, research services and loan funding.

“We have listened to both our patrons and exporters over the first few months of the ExportExchange initiative, and they have expressed a desire to learn what resources – whether they are grants, loans, or services – are available to businesses in the Leeds City Region,” said Victoria Boldison, network manager for ExportExchange.co.uk.

The free event will hear directors and managers from real businesses discuss in their own words how they tackled challenges and received support.

“ExportExchange is all about learning from our peers who have successfully grown exporting businesses, and these events will share that same principle.  The idea is that we give businesses a succinct and current overview of the different types of support currently available, and get realistic insights directly from businesses about how to best leverage these resources,” said Ms Boldison.

The ExportExchange programme is backed by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and a number of private sector export specialists. The initiative was launched by Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the LEP, and Marian Sudbury, director of the Northern Powerhouse for DIT, in Leeds on 30 June 2017.

Businesses interested in attending the free event, which runs from 8.00am to 10.00am on Wednesday 27 September at the Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse, should register interest via the ExportExchange website www.exportexchange.co.uk.