Julie Underwood, director of international trade at the North East of England Chamber of Commerce.
Jane Imrie

New Tees Valley service to provide exporting ‘launchpad’ for SMEs

A new service has been launched to support businesses across the Tees Valley with boosting their export activites.

‘Expanding Tees Valley presence in international markets’ has been specifically created by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to support Teesside firms with expansion into overseas markets.

Delivered in collaboration with training and consultancy firm ProExTra, the initiative aims to guide firms through an interactive workshop of practical advice, hints and models designed to assist exporters with improving their performance.

Director of international trade at the North East of England Chamber of Commerce, Julie Underwood, commented: “The Tees Valley is a fertile ground for brilliant SMEs operating across a wealth of sectors.

“It plays home to some of the region’s most successful exporters, but we believe there is an opportunity to do so much more.

“The ‘Expanding Tees Valley presence in international markets’ project provides an innovative approach to export support. Businesses tell us what they need and we deliver it – quickly, simply and effectively.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has backed the programme, adding: “We have some fantastic local businesses exporting right across the globe who will absolutely benefit from this new service.

“With money available to tap in to and practical advice on hand, I’m urging every business in the Tees Valley to sign up and take advantage of this new scheme and all the opportunities available overseas.”

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