Jane Imrie

Tees Valley medtech firms to boost global reach with Singapore trade programme

A new trade mission from the Department of International Trade (DIT) is set to strengthen links between Teesside and the Far East.

International trade adviser John Jenkinson is leading the ‘Stockton to Singapore’ trade mission next month in a bid to introduce the region’s firms to the eastern market.

The programme aims to create links between the growing digital health global market and local firms that specialise in robotics, smart hospitals, medical record data analysis, decision making optimisation and predictive programs.

John explained: “Singapore is a doorway through which companies can gain a foothold in extremely dynamic far eastern markets.

“There is without doubt an appetite for the innovation being pioneered here in the Tees Valley and the DIT is here to help our companies make those connections that could open up a wealth of opportunities.

“Singapore’s proximity to major Asia Pacific economies is a huge benefit for UK firms, which is why it remains the UK’s largest trade partner in south east Asia.”

Director of International Trade, Julie Underwood, added: “There are many benefits to a DIT trade mission beyond the subsidised travel expenses.

“Our ITAs work hard to support companies in developing international marketing strategies and enhancing sales skills. We do everything we can to help our native businesses succeed in foreign markets.”

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