By Daniel Hunter

Global experts from across the country were in the East Midlands to discuss the future exporting priorities for the UK and how to increase exporters to 100,000 by 2020.

Government export body UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) national meetings at Raynesway, Derby and Apex Court Nottingham, were attended by export chiefs from each region, alongside national export leaders including Managing Director of Trade Development at UKTI, Crispin Simon and Guy Warrington, Director of English Regions.

Their discussion focused around plans for 2014 and 2015: The importance of emerging markets such as India and China, and how UKTI can best help firms target them.

UKTI have been awarded an extra £70 million to their annual budget for two years to recruit more advisers, expand existing services and provide extra help for UK companies to export.

Since the cash was made available in April 2013 new international trade advisers have been employed, extra funding of 3k matched funding for businesses keen to export by joining Passport to Export, Gateway to Global Growth, or boost their web-based sales, has been made available, and plans are in place to make this November’s Export Week bigger and better than ever. In the East Midlands seven new advisers have joined the team since April.

Peter Hogarth, East Midlands Regional Director for UKTI said: “UKTI are striving to increase the number of exporters across the UK to boost the fortunes of businesses and help secure long term sustainable economic growth.

”We have been instrumental in helping UKTI reach 40,000 exporters so far across the country and are on target to meeting the 100,000 set by Lord Green by 2020.

“Next year we will be hoping to have reached 50,000 businesses, and our meeting will help us to establish exactly how we will do this.

“Of course we have been working more closely with partners than ever before but we will be looking at further ways of reaching companies through this approach.

“In the East Midlands we have employed seven new international trade advisers and held more events than ever before to help boost profits of local firms and contribute to these important national targets.”

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