Liverpool export event will see launch of £5m fund

This week the Institute of Export & International Trade will hold a conference in Liverpool which will coincide with the launch of a £5m fund to help small firms start exporting. Tony McDonough reports

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The Spine in Paddington Village, Liverpool, will host the export conference. Picture by Tony McDonough


A new £5m fund to support micro, small and and medium-sized firms to start exporting will be launched in Liverpool this week.

On Wednesday, July 5, the Institute of Export & International Trade will hold its member conference at The Spine in Liverpool’s knowledge Quarter. It will feature a number of high profile speakers.

They include John Lucy, director of Liverpool City Region Freeport, Liverpool Walton Labour MP Dan Carden, former Shadow Minister for International Development and Lord Offord of Garvel, the newly-appointed Minister for Exports.

Marco Forgione, director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade will open the event which will focus on what trade post-Brexit has meant for micro, small and medium-sized businesses in Liverpool seven years after the EU Referendum.

And, with Liverpool City Region Freeport now up and running as of this year, it will look at how Freeports can help accelerate international trade.

And the institute is launching a £5m Export Support Programme to help UK businesses, including those in Liverpool, accelerate their journey into international trade.

Mr Forgione said: “As a leading organisation in international trade, founded on the principle of equipping people and companies to trade internationally, we have designed the Export Support Package to enable UK micro to small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) to fulfil their business potential through exporting.

“The UK has signed numerous trade agreements which will benefit MSMEs across the country. However, it’s essential we equip business with the knowledge, skills and expertise to take full advantage of these opportunities.

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“Through this bespoke package of consultancy, training and implementation we will provide businesses with the knowledge and expertise to trade confidently and compliantly with the world.”

Businesses applying to the Export Support Programme will receive a bespoke package of training and consultancy services to reflect their particular circumstances and needs.

The information provided will enable IOE&IT’s team to match the business with the right trade experts to advise and support them on their exporting journey.

Registration of interest is now open and can be accessed by clicking here.

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