Partnership looks for export growth
Correspondent • Published 28 Jun 2012 09:30
Seminar will offer advice on trade
Global competition is getting more intense due to the impact of the fast emerging Asian economies and the economic climate in Europe.
The members of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) believe Berkshire is the best place in the UK to live and to do business.
Tomorrow (Friday) the TVB LEP is sponsoring the seminar on "Export for Growth", for local firms interested in getting practical advice and assistance with exporting.
The seminar, organised by Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West and Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, is for firms which are interested in getting practical advice and assistance with exporting.
Lord Green, the Minister for Trade and Investment at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is to attend the event and the programme opens with a talk on "Building the Business platform - facilitating growth" by Steve Lamb, chairman of TVB LEP
Robert Lewtas, strategic partner manager for UK Trade & Investment South East, will talk about Exporting for Growth, while Chris Dodson OBE, chairman South Region at Institute of Directors, has "How to accelerate export growth through the use of licensing." as his topic.
At 9.30am Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint will be outlining the Government's agenda for growth and this will be followed by a Q&A session.
Tomorrow's seminar is free to attend and will be held from 7:30-10am at the Madejski Stadium Conference Centre in Reading.
Earlier this month Lord Green said: "There are thousands of highly innovative and successful small and medium size businesses across the Thames valley and it is our goal to increase the number of those businesses who export.
"I am therefore very pleased to be attending the event to speak and hear from local businesses about how we can work in partnership to improve exports.
"The Government is absolutely committed to reforming our economy away from a model that relies on government spending and consumption fuelled by debt.
"The only other way of driving growth and creating jobs, of creating sustainable growth, in fact, is through investment and trade."
Steve Lamb said: "The Thames Valley is the engine of the UK economy and we need to compete in a global competitive marketplace, so we want to ensure the right opportunities are available to local businesses to increase their global competitiveness.
MP Richard Benyon said: "In a Europe where economies are in recession, or at best stagnating, exports to growing economies around the world are what will stimulate growth here at home." By Jenny Breuer
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 27 Jun 12