Council offers advice on expanding your market

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FIRMS across the county are getting help to take their first steps towards going global.

As a part of UK Trade & Investment’s Export Week, Hampshire County Council has worked with two companies to provide tips on expanding your market.

The advice follows the ‘Five Steps to Going Global’ workshop hosted by Hampshire County Council and BDO earlier this week.

Councillor Seán Woodward, the council’s executive member for economy, transport and the environment, said: ‘Some of the initial barriers to exporting can seem quite intimidating.

‘There is support available to help businesses manage and navigate these on a local and national level – such as the Going Global event we hosted with BDO this week.’

The workshop provided practical advice and insights about international trade for businesses looking to export for the first time or to further develop their existing international business.

‘The type of businesses trading overseas is so varied and businesses across many sectors can benefit from expanding their global footprint,’ said Cllr Woodward.

‘It is excellent to hear that there is so much optimism for exporting.’

Hampshire has produced globally-oriented companies including Tekever and SEaB Energy that have experienced success in selling to international markets.

Robert Whitehouse, the business development director at Tekever, said: ‘Building relationships is key, allowing any cultural differences to be minimised in the context of that strong relationship.’

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