Exports could be key to new growth

More than 150 business leaders from across the region met at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham to bring Export Week 2012 to a close.

The event, called Exporting Is Good For The East Midlands, was the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s (DNCC) biggest and best international trade conference yet, this year delivered in partnership with UK Trade and Investment, DHL Express, Enterprise Europe Network and its sister Chambers in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

As well as providing a great networking opportunity, delegates heard from a diverse array of speakers who shared their experiences of exporting, their knowledge of how to break into new markets and their insight into the global economy.

Bill Farrant, Head of UK Corporate Sales from Santander, gave an upbeat and bullish assessment of the current state of trading across the Eurozone. Meanwhile, Stuart Garner, CEO of iconic UK brand Norton Motorcyles – which is based in Castle Donington – perhaps summed things up best when he said that: “There is a real affection for Britain in many countries around the world, which is of huge benefit to the UK and its businesses.”

DNCC’s Chief Executive George Cowcher added: “This year’s event was all about raising awareness of the benefits of exporting and providing practical help, support and guidance to existing exporters and local firms which want to start trading overseas.

“There’s clearly a huge potential market out there for British products and services and the East Midlands is blessed with a significant number of firms of all sizes that do business around the world.

“We need to get more goods that are made here in the East Midlands into the global marketplace to kick-start the recovery and rebalance the economy more towards exports and innovation.”