EXPORTERS in Copeland are invited to access free Government support to help them take advantage of international opportunities and tap into the huge global demand for British products.

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison is promoting an online session next week to give businesses the opportunity to speak to and hear from speakers from the Department for International Trade (DIT), and an experienced local exporter who will detail the support available for businesses to expand overseas.

UK exports worth £569.8bn were sold overseas in the 12 months to July 2021, with 149,500 UK businesses exporting goods in 2020. Trade agreements continue to be reached by the DIT, and Copeland businesses are encouraged to take advantage of these and thrive in the high growth markets of the future, create high quality jobs and help the local area recover after the Covid crisis.

Mrs Harrison is working with the DIT as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme, to help local businesses access the free support they need to boost their exporting potential and understand the effects of trade agreements and how to benefit from them.

She said: “Helping local businesses rebound from the pandemic is one of my top priorities. That's why I’m delighted to be promoting this event with the aim to protect jobs and give businesses in my constituency access to information, advice and finance to sell internationally.

“The event is free and all businesses need to do is register to attend. Experts and experienced exporters will provide advice including on Government-supported working capital and the practicalities of post-Brexit trade.

“Whether a business is new to exporting, has exported in the past or is a current exporter, participating in the programme will equip them with the support and tools they need to begin or continue their exporting journey.”

For more information and to register to attend the online event at the event on Tuesday, November 23 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, visit https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3732/