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MPs to host export event to help firms boost international trade

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James Gray and John Glen


Exporters in North Wiltshire and Salisbury will have the opportunity to hear about the support available for businesses at a virtual event hosted by their local MPs.

As part of the Parliamentary Export Programme companies will hear directly from MPs, trade experts and a local Export Champion about how they can expand their business overseas using government support.

The event, on Friday, June 11 from 1.15pm until 2.30pm, is organised by the Department for International Trade.

Business leaders will hear from North Wiltshire MP James Gray (pictured left) and Salisbury MP John Glen (right).

James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire said: "My biggest priority right now is to ensure firms have the appropriate guidance and support to get their business back on track after a difficult and challenging year.

"That's why I'm thrilled to be hosting this event to support companies to boost their international trade.

"Whether a firm is an experienced or novice exporter, this event will give them the skills and knowledge to succeed in growing their exports while becoming more resilient."

And John Glen, MP for Salisbury said: "It's great that North Wiltshire and Salisbury are leading on this Parliamentary Export Programme. Businesses need as much help and support as possible right now after a difficult year.

“This opportunity to learn from experts in international trade should not be missed for firms aspiring to grow and reach new markets over the coming months."

Chippenham-based company and Export Champion Chipside will speak at the event about its success in Australia.

Paul Moorby, Export Champion and founder of software development company Chipside, said: “We were worried that exporting was too difficult but since attending a DIT seminar, we have presented our products to markets across the world and grown our export business exponentially.

“I urge all SMEs to drop in to see the presentations, make new friends and contacts and learn how to scale up your business.”

Exports are equivalent to nearly a third of the national income, and the UK is the fifth biggest exporter in the world. Agreements have been reached with 67 nations plus the EU, covering £891 billion in trade.

To register for a place visit https://www.events.great.gov.uk/parliamentary-export-programme