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Businesses who have only ever sold their goods within the UK are set to receive advice on how to export overseas thanks to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Changes to trading conditions following Brexit may mean that companies which have never considered exporting will now feel the time is right to branch out internationally.

The council is delivering a workshop on Thursday 11th October at Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (9.30am-12.30pm) to help businesses learn how to start to e-export or to build relationships with businesses in other countries.

Those working with advanced manufacturing technology and energy are being particularly encouraged to attend.

This is one of a series of workshops, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which the council has been delivering since February.

They will cover a number of topics including GDPR, finance, branding, websites and social media.

Cllr Brian Clarke, CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “The workshop will help businesses to start exporting by offering useful hints and tips.”

Cllr Clarke added: “Exporting can really benefit a business and effective use of online activity can open up global sales opportunities.”

The event on Thursday is an interactive workshop which will look at how companies develop from accidental exporters to confident players in the world of international trade.

The workshop is being run during Exporting Week and has been organised by the council in partnership with the Department of International Trade, the government body for UK businesses exporting and importing.

Veronica Dawson and Sara Pomfret, international trade advisers for the Department of International Trade (DIT) North West, will also be in attendance to offer advice and assistance to companies and provide an overview of DIT services to help businesses succeed.

Veronica said: “A survey undertaken by the DIT on SME activity concluded that 75% of export focused businesses were profitable, 79% of those agreed that accessing export markets had enabled them to achieve fuller capacity.

Veronica added: “66% believed that their exporting activity had encouraged them to be more innovative with their products and services.”

If you would like to book onto this workshop or any of the ERDF workshops taking place up until November please register here or email [email protected].

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