Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Government Truck Helps Promote Northern Irish Export Freight Push

Campaign to Persuade Shippers to Send More Goods Abroad
Shipping News Feature
NORTHERN IRELAND – It’s good to see the UK government’s latest UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) initiative to promote export freight possibilities in the province. The ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign will see a 32-tonne ‘Export Hub’ truck call at five locations across Northern Ireland including Banbridge, Derry~Londonderry, Antrim and Enniskillen and host a series of seminars offering shippers and potential shippers export advice through talks, workshops and one-to-one meetings to encourage more companies and individuals to sell goods overseas.

Businesses will be able to use interactive screens on the hub to access information to search the Exporting is GREAT website. This includes around 2,000 export opportunities sourced by UKTI’s global network that UK companies can apply for online. Titanic Belfast was the jumping off point for the tour on 16 May and it was launched by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton who commented:

”Many Northern Ireland companies are already successfully exporting to countries across the globe, from the Middle East to China and the USA. However, we want to encourage even more companies to look to markets outside of Northern Ireland, increasing their growth potential and boosting our local economy.”

The Export Hub provides local companies with the opportunity to find out more about exporting. During the course of the week it will tour Northern Ireland providing local businesses with access to free expert advice on developing export capabilities, as well as the opportunity to hear from successful exporters and to learn more about what support is on offer. Firms can also apply for help via UK Export Finance, which aims to make sure that no viable export fails due to lack of finance or insurance.

So far, thousands of businesses from across the UK have visited the Export Hub in dozens of locations, including those in Scotland and Wales and over 40 partners, from banks to accountants to logistics firms, are working with Exporting is GREAT to try and inspire and support 100,000 additional UK businesses to export by 2020. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP said:

“We have so much to be proud of in Northern Ireland, great food and drink, a tradition of high quality manufacturing, and innovation and creativity everywhere you look. We want to share this with the world. The Exporting is GREAT tour is bringing advice to our doorsteps, so I encourage businesses big and small to come along to find out how this campaign could help transform their individual companies and contribute to building a stronger economy and brighter, more secure future for Northern Ireland.”