An organisation specialising in international trade and export has been launched in Manchester, UK, to help northwest businesses take advantage of the opportunities for overseas trade.
The Export Network (TEN) has been launched with assistance from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and comprises 20 experienced professionals with hands on experience in international trade and exporting across a diverse range of industry sectors.
The group’s aim is to work with local business and maximise their opportunities in overseas markets.
TEN has been founded by John Reed, an export professional with over 20 years experience. Other members include Paul Gilbert, chairman of the Institute of Export in the northwest, and Lesley Batchelor, a trustee and director of The Institute of Export.
The group’s members can offer direct advice on exporting to over 50 countries across the world, ranging from Ghana and Nigeria in Africa to Puerto Rico in Central America.
The group will deliver practical help to companies in the manufacturing, retailing and service sectors. This help includes free online advice for small and growing businesses, and bespoke training programmes and guidance on how businesses can market themselves to a foreign audience.
John Reed, founder of TEN, says: “There are some very good organisations out there that help companies grow the export side of their business. However, they can only take them to a certain level and what is missing is the real-life knowledge and expertise of operating in these environments. We believe that TEN provides this missing link. All of our members have considerable experience in their chosen markets and countries and they are well equipped to help local businesses increase the volume of trade they generate overseas.”
Simon Watson, associate director of RBS International Banking Services in Manchester, comments: “We are very pleased to help launch this initiative and look forward to working with TEN. All members of TEN have considerable knowledge of international trade and this will prove very beneficial for local businesses looking to grow in foreign markets.”