Experts from across Europe flew in to speak at the Chamber’s European Expo.
The half-day event was designed to aid the region’s manufacturing, wholesale and service sectors identify business opportunities with the UK’s number one trading partner – Europe.
In 2018, the UK exported £289 billion – 46 per cent of all UK exports – to the EU, with £345 billion imported – 54 per cent of all UK imports – coming from the EU.
A distinguished line-up of European market specialists highlighted sales opportunities for exporters, buying routes for importers and considerations for those businesses wanting to increase trade with Europe after the UK leaves the EU.
Representatives from the Global Business Network, the HMRC’s EU Exit Policy, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the British Chamber of Commerce in Czech Republic, William Blythe Ltd, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and BDC Moore all gave keynote speeches.
With such diverse markets, UK businesses involved in manufacturing, engineering, chemicals, aerospace, food and drink, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and construction are being urged to take a look at the European continent.
International Business Director at the Chamber, Mandy Lockett, said: “Europe continues to present tremendous opportunities."
“By attending this event, companies can undertake their own independent research and meet locally with influential advisors from Europe."
“Europe is the UK’s number one trading partner, and bilateral trade is set to increase further for both exporting and importing."
“We aim to help businesses make decisions regarding the most effective route for them to sell, buy or invest in Europe to maintain competitive advantage.”
Ben Ritherdon, Managing Director of sheet metal fabricator Ritherdon, often attends the expos.
He said: “These are fantastic events, the combined experience and level of detail shared by the speakers help me prioritise which markets our business needs to enter”.
See photos from the event here.