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NW firms can benefit from ‘hundreds’ of exporting opportunities
Hundreds of exporting opportunities exist from which businesses across the North West can benefit, the acting head of UK Regions for North West and Northern Powerhouse at the Department of International Trade has told Insider, especially in the US and Canada.
The DIT has a 50-strong team across the region, with Paul Stowers having worked for the organisation for 20 years. During this time, he said, he has seen his “share of standout achievements”.
Two recent examples include Salford-based Swifty Scooters and Paintglow in Cumbria.
Swifty Scooters began exporting when it launched its adult scooter company in 2010 and now attributes 40 per cent of its annual turnover to overseas sales. Managing director Jason Iftakhar worked closely with the DIT’s team of advisers when he started to explore new territories, supporting him on a trade mission to South Korea and Japan.
“We are now working closely with the company to accelerate sales in the US over the next five years and answer any questions about new markets along the way,” said Stowers.
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