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We Are International Export Network

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“We are International” is a once-in-a-generation campaign to significantly boost Yorkshire exports. Spearheaded by Chamber International, the government-backed UK Trade & Investment and the Local Enterprise Partnership of the Leeds City region*, this initiative aims to add £2.6 billion to the local economy by increasing the number of businesses selling their goods or services overseas.

At its heart is The Export Network, a seasoned team of highly-experienced Export Ambassadors. Their aim is to de-mystify the whole exporting process by offering novice or would-be exporters practical assistance and mentoring. They will put businesses in touch with the extensive help available.

Despite its distinguished manufacturing history, the area under-performs in international trade with only around seven per cent of businesses – one in 14 –involved in exporting.

We aim to change that situation dramatically and rebalance the economy. You can’t rely solely on the home market any more. And anyway, these days it’s as easy to sell to Korea as it is to Keighley. Don’t be a dinosaur.

The key components of the campaign are:

Export Ambassador initiative – a City Region-wide network, offering would-be exporters the chance to learn from other companies that are already doing business overseas. Companies can become export ambassadors by registering at In return for their support, export ambassadors will have the opportunity to promote their export success on the LEP website and various other channels.

Export Network – led by Chamber International, aims to provide business-to-business networking opportunities for experienced and novice exporters. It will give companies opportunities to share contacts and advice, and learn from the experience of other firms.

Online tools and resources – online tools and resources to support would-be exporters are available at the LEP’s business website and at A range of new online tools will be launched in 2013

Local events and workshops

Campaign partners will be providing a wider range of events and workshops in towns and cities across the City Region, providing training in key export skills and further opportunities at the local level for business-to-business networking and mentoring.

For anyone who wants to start exporting or to be inspired to go global and grow. Learn from a team of highly experienced export ambassadors and meet like-minded business people in a relaxed, no-selling environment.

Open to any business in most sectors in the Leeds City Region that wishes to sell goods or services overseas. The Leeds City Region refers to the local authority districts of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.

Full event details are available on the “We are International Export Network” website.

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