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With many businesses in the UK finding the market for their products flat, exporting is becoming an increasingly attractive means of growth. But taking those first steps into overseas markets is a daunting prospect.

If you are thinking of expanding your business overseas, or just want to learn more about overseas trade, why not come along to the newly established South Manchester International Trade Forum?

Stockport Council and UK Trade & Industry (UKTI), in conjunction with RBS Corporate Banking have established the Forum to help businesses find out more about developing and expanding their international business and meet other companies who have successfully traded overseas.

Councillor Kevin Hogg, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Stockport is a great place to do business and we are committed to supporting the business community. Businesses who have attended previous International Trade events have found them extremely informative.”

In fact, over 30 businesses attended the first forum back in October and it was so well received that there are now plans to hold the event every quarter, with each event focussing on a different theme.

The next event will focus on America and will be held on Thursday 29th March, from 8.00am at Cheadle House De Vere, Royal Crescent, Cheadle Royal Business Park, SK8 3FS.

The forum is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the range of services and financial support that your business could tap into if you are looking to research the North American market.

There will also be a case study from a business that is successfully expanding though trading with North America – details have not yet been announced but if the case study shared with us at the last event is anything to go by, it will be a fascinating insight into the practical issues, highlights and lowlights of expanding your business into unchartered territories.

For more information about the event and to book a place contact Stockport Council’s Economic Development team on at econdev@stockport.gov.uk or telephone 0161 474 3734, I look forward to seeing you there!