Take a trade trip to Canada

BUSINESSES across the north east are being offered the opportunity to find a new export market in a trade trip to Canada.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is running the business trip in November as part of its programme of Market Visits.

The trip will be centred in Toronto, but it is flexible and there will be the chance for people to explore other centres, such as Montreal or Calgary.

UKTI says Canada offers good export opportunities, with low inflation and positive economic growth.

It is a growing marking for north east businesses, with exports from the region amounting to £117m last year and topping £51m in the first quarter of 2011 — almost as much as during the whole of 2007.

The main sectors are machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, but there are also opportunities in energy, food and drink, aerospace, biotechnology, financial services, defence and business services.

International Trade Adviser Simon Crosby said: “Market Visits are a great way for businesses to do some in-depth research and meet potential customers and partners.

“Eligible SMEs will receive a financial contribution towards the cost of flights and accommodation.

“Places on this Market Visit are bound to fill up quickly so if there’s a company thinking about Canada as a possible overseas market I’d urge them to get in touch.”

The visit will take place from November 6 to 11. However, places must be booked by Wednesday, August 31.

For more information email enquiries@ukti.rito.co.uk or call 0845 050 5054.