Test Valley Borough Council, together with Enterprise M3 and UK Trade & Investment, hosted an exporting event at The Lights, for small to medium enterprises in the borough and their professional advisors.
"A few weeks ago, I was asked by my fellow Minister Lord Green, who is the Minister of State for Trade & Investment, whether I would arrange for such an event to be held in my constituency. I am delighted that Test Valley Borough Council took the initiative in hosting this seminar; I know from my visits to local employers that there are many businesses in and around the town who have already broken into fresh markets abroad and would like to do even better; and there are others who have thought about exporting, but aren't quite sure how to set about it. This seminar explained what the local Chamber of Commerce, the local Enterprise Partnership and the UKTI can do to help - and we had an excellent presentation from Lynx, based in Portway, explaining how they had broken into export markets with their business which recycles telecommunications equipment".
The seminar was opened by Ian Carr, who explained the help with the borough council gave, for example in helping to train people, and the support given by David Gleave, the economic development officer at Test Valley. Also present were councillors Peter Giddings and Sandra Hawke, and about 50 entrepreneurs.
Afterwards, Robert Lewtas, the Strategic Partner Manager from UKTI, told Sir George that the event was a real success from UKTI’s point of view and that they received a considerable amount of interest and were approached by a number of companies over the lunch. In his talk, he outlined the range of support offered by the Government to companies wanting to increase their exports. "This can extend the life of their products, spread the cost of overheads, and reduce the risk of overdependence on home markets."
With thanks to Nick Tynan for the team photo