America calling for visitors to summit

Delegates networking at last year's event
Delegates networking at last year's event

THE lucrative trading markets of America will be on the agenda at a Hartlepool Mail-backed business summit tomorrow.

The Tees Valley Business Summit will see hundreds of delegates attending the event in Middlesbrough and we will be there to bring full coverage.

Part of it will include a seminar to be held by Simon Crosby, of UK Trade and Investment.

He will be helping people to find out more about markets in the USA.

The event at Teesside University is the second Tees Valley Business Summit to be held. Last year’s inaugural event attracted top-class speakers and BBC business presenter Stephanie McGovern is part of this year’s line-up.

The schedule of workshops, networking and a chance to hear the guest speakers runs from 8am to 4pm.

Workshops will be delivered by experts from organisations including the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

But the summit is only one part of the region’s bid to do trade in the USA. Officials at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are also planning a market visit to America from October 12 to October 19. Company bosses will get to meet business partners and potential clients.

Experts say the USA is one of the North-East’s largest single export markets and the leading overseas destination for British investment.

California alone is the eighth ranking economy in the world. Mr Crosby said: “This is a valuable and exciting opportunity for North East companies to visit the West Coast of the USA and discover some of the wealth of export opportunities available there.

“The visit programme is centred in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but there will be flexibility to allow delegates to follow their own itineraries in other business centres in the USA.”

Any small and medium sized firm which wants to take part could receive £500 per company towards the cost of flights and accommodation.

A registration fee of £100 applies for all delegates.

The deadline to sign up for the America market visit is August 31. Anyone wanting to find out more should call the North East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054 or email: