In the first monthly roundup, Caroline Wilson, Export Co-ordinator for the Leeds City Region at the Department for International Trade, shares regional export news. This month’s instalment includes the Maine Beer Box visit to Leeds International Beer Festival, a successful trade delegation to China, a new export event in Calderdale and a series of events focusing on trading in Europe.
What a busy time it has been in the Leeds City Region over the summer and it continues into the autumn.
Leeds International Beer Festival
Leeds hosted the International Beer Festival which was joined by the Maine Beer Box, a large shipping container filled with beer from Maine and supported by 65 brewers. This is returning to the USA in October full of craft beers from the Northern Powerhouse region and will be supported by a trade mission for brewers interested in joining their beer on the trip to Maine.
Trade and Investment Delegation to China
September saw a trade and investment delegation from the Leeds LEP go to China and Hong Kong to continue to develop the ties between Leeds and the cities of Hangzhou, Qingdao and Hong Kong. There are already strong existing links, including major investments from businesses headquartered in these Chinese cities and increasingly strong civic and business links.
During the visit to Qingdao the delegation has signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with partners in the city to help and encourage businesses from the UK’s largest City Region outside of London and the South East to enter the fast-growing Chinese market.
The first of the two agreements was signed with the China-Britain Industry Innovation Park (CBIIP) and as a result of this, local businesses will be able to access free space to showcase products and services within the CBIIP to an influential audience of investors and professional buyers for two years.
In further news, a second MoU has been signed with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) to increase trade opportunities through a coordinated programme of activity.
Calderdale Export Event
Calderdale Council hosted a very well attended conference “Tomorrows Business Beyond Borders” which aimed to inspire and give practical advice to companies looking to grow their business through international trade. Over 120 delegates registered for the event and the Department for International Trade spoke with several new companies who we will now be working closely with.
Let’s Talk…Doing Business with Europe
During the autumn Leeds City Region are running a series of events to support businesses trading with Europe. In 2017, this market accounted for 45 per cent of all UK exports. However, the trading environment between the UK and EU is changing and it is important to be aware of how those changes may impact your business.
We have therefore teamed up with business organisations from across the region to deliver a series of short breakfast events aimed at highlighting the key emerging business considerations when doing business in Europe.