New export courses for Harrogate business as region targets overseas trade

20 August 2013

A series of new export courses are launched for Harrogate businesses as part of a campaign to rebalance the region’s economy through more overseas trade.

The ten export courses which cover issues including: exporting principals, documentation, payment methods and security, cultural etiquette, insurance and the delivery of products are run by Chamber International, Bradford, which is delivering the We Are International export initiative for Leeds City Region which includes Harrogate.

The courses, which are being updated to keep pace with changing international trade regulations, can be held at individual company premises in Harrogate or at Chamber international’s offices in Bradford or its training bases around the region.

Chamber International’s re-launch of the courses follows record numbers of Yorkshire businesses attending British Chambers of Commerce exporting courses.

In the first six months of 2013, 145 people from companies throughout Yorkshire – 23 more than in the whole of 2012 – have attended Chamber International export courses. Of those trained so far this year, 132 have passed the British Chambers of Commerce courses with merits, one passed and 11 chose not to sit an examination.

Greater understanding about exporting and its benefits is being stimulated by Leeds Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) We Are International export campaign which aims to bring £2.6bn of additional export earnings into Leeds City Region by 2018 and create thousands of new jobs.

Chamber International head of export training, Mike Strawson (pictured), said:

Growing demand for our courses is further evidence that Leeds City Region in particular and Yorkshire as a whole is gearing up for a significant export drive.

We have never been busier. A great deal of interest has come from businesses in the Harrogate area and we’re very keen that companies there should take up this opportunity to attend courses which could benefit their businesses considerably through overseas trade.

The courses enable businesses to respond more professionally to enquiries and to generate more overseas business so they can increase profitability, turnover, security and employment. In spite of recent better economic news, the UK and wider EU economy remains weak and businesses in Harrogate, like those in the rest of the UK, need to realize their export potential, especially to faster-growing markets.

Harrogate businesses wanting to find out more about the courses should contact Chamber International, the international trade department of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, on 0845 034 7200 or visit www.

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