East Durham firm helps to launch a regional campaign

Peterlee firm GT Group hosted the regional launch of UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Export Week.

The launch at GT Group, which exports to more than 60 countries across the globe, took place alongside the company’s new £1m test centre for its marine emergency release couplings for Liquid Nitrogen Gas transfer, in Peterlee.

From left, David Coppock, of UK Trade and Investment, Geoff Turnbull, of GT Group, and Graham Robb, of the Institute of Directors North East

From left, David Coppock, of UK Trade and Investment, Geoff Turnbull, of GT Group, and Graham Robb, of the Institute of Directors North East

The Institute of Directors, UKTI, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, the North East Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses joined forces to stage the briefing, which included expert advice from UKTI as well as TTE Technical Training Group and GT Group, which provided the inside track on how to succeed in overseas markets.

The networking lunch, was aimed at helping those new to exporting expand their knowledge and also meet like-minded businesses.

Geoff Turnbull, chairman of GT Group, said: “Exports play an important part in the region’s economic landscape, helping drive growth, employment and the balance of payments. We hope that by hosting the briefing we will have helped stimulated interest in targeting overseas markets.”

More than 100 delegates, who attended the briefing, were given the opportunity to tour the manufacturing plant at the Peterlee headquarters of GT Group.