Top Calderdale exporters reveal secrets of their success

Published 22nd Oct 2015 by Events

The free breakfast event aims to help grow the Calderdale Economy by helping every business fulfil their export potential.

“Don’t be restricted by geography,” says leading Calderdale exporter Scott Watson who will be joining two fellow exporters at an event in Halifax that aims to share top tips and insights for other businesses considering international trade. He adds: “Brand Britain is strong and the rest of the world wants to buy from you.”

Scott, who founded Summit Consulting, will be joined by Monarch Mobility and Food and Drink Exportese and they will share their export journey, offer their insights and reveal their top tips for local businesses looking to break into international trade. They will also answer questions from the audience and explain how they overcame any challenges.

Being held at Dean Clough in Halifax on November 11, it is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to take their first step in exports, businesses wanting to get top tips on expanding overseas operations or for anyone wanting to meet valuable contacts who can share their expertise and global networks.

It has been organised by UKTI Yorkshire & Humber, the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Calderdale Council.

Those attending will also receive a free copy of a new guide to international trade called Five Steps To Export, which offers simple advice on identifying new opportunities overseas and how you can find growth on foreign shores.

The companies speaking at the event will be:

Summit Consulting – Led by founder Scott Watson, the HR consultancy and leadership training business has transformed its fortunes by targeting new business in the Middle East. Trading on the strength of Brand Britain, Summit has won a wealth of new clients across the United Arab Emirates.

Monarch Mobility – As the largest mobility supplier in the UK, Monarch Mobility had already proved the strength of its offer at home. However, with big ambitions to deliver more growth, the business embarked on an ambitious export strategy that has seen its products delivered to customers around the world.

Food and Drink Exportese – Based in Hebden Bridge, the company was created by three former colleagues from Food from Britain and provides support, contacts, lucrative introductions and unique insights to manufacturers looking to break into new overseas markets.

Regional director of UKTI Yorkshire and Humber, Mark Robson, says: “Exports are crucial to the future prosperity of this region and our country. This event will allow businesses in Calderdale to hear how their neighbours are finding growth in international trade, learn how they can do the same and also meet like-minded businesses who can help them on their export journey.

Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Business, Innovation and Growth panel, Eric Hawthorn, says: “Our recent business survey confirmed companies that seek advice from agencies such as UKTI and the LEP, on average perform 10% better. Exporting is crucial if we are to fulfil our ambition to grow the regional economy and that is why the LEP is dedicated to helping more businesses across the Leeds City Region deliver growth through international trade.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Barry Collins, said: “We are international leaders in a wealth of products and services here in Calderdale. By sharing our success stories, we can encourage other local businesses to fulfil their own export potential and show what Calderdale can offer to the world.”

“By working together and sharing our experiences and contacts we can really show what Calderdale has to offer the world.”

The free event at Dean Clough on November 11 starts at 7.30am and attendees will hear from each of the exporters before getting the chance to ask their own questions.

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