Firms to showcase benefits of exporting
EXPORT potential for local businesses will be showcased at a new trade stand at this year's Lincolnshire Show.
Trading In New Markets will feature 14 Lincolnshire companies which have a track record in exporting out of the region.
And although no companies from North East Lincolnshire will be exhibiting at the event on June 20 to 21, organisers say there is already keen interest from the area's business community in next year's show.
Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) with support from UK Trade & Industry, the Lincolnshire County Council and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the new venture aims to help local businesses increase their exposure to both domestic and international markets.
The trade stand will also highlight Lincolnshire's workforce, training facilities and logistics networks to businesses visiting from across the globe.
Chris Rothery, a council member for the LAS, said: "It is a new venture which sparked from a germ of an idea back in January. We had a couple of meetings between the society, the chamber of commerce, the county council and UKTI and we put the idea to companies, many of which are going to be in the show.
Exhibitors for the first year include Simba Great Plains, Tong Peal, Welvent, Tomcat Engineering, Napier, Lincoln Crankshaft, Siemens, Streets & Co, Hodgeson Elkington, Niell Brown, The Fish Company, Clydesdale Bank and Poacher Cheese.
"There is a broad range of companies exhibiting," said Mr Rothery. "We have got everything from Lincolnshire Poachers Cheese to a major manufacturer of agricultural machinery.
"This year it is very much aimed at companies producing in Lincolnshire, but in the future there's no reason why we shouldn't have people from abroad wanting to do business in Lincolnshire."
Mr Rothery said that a further 18 companies had expressed an interest in exhibiting at next year's event, and that the North and North East Lincolnshire branches of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce were keen to get involved.
Encouraging businesses to visit the trade stand next week, Mr Rothery added: "They can see the potential to have a different sort of shop window for their business whatever their size.
"Anybody who is looking to export abroad can benefit from a lot of exposure in return for a relatively small sum."
Justin Brown, head of enterprise at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "This is a chance for local businesses to learn about the benefits of exploring new markets. Lincolnshire is home to a range of world-class products that would be welcomed around the globe.
"The show is an opportunity for those that aren't already exporting to learn from those who are and find out about the support that's on offer. Hopefully, this will tempt more county companies to dip their toes in the water."