Delighted to be establishing international trade opportunities from our North East. Developing the first of its kind, international trade centre at Newcastle International Airport showcasing our sector strengths globally and encouraging inward investment using our multi award winning SME Centre of Excellence Business support model.
North East business and community leaders have welcomed the Indian Consul General, Dr Shashank Vikram, to the region as part of ongoing discussions to increase global export links and further strengthen bi-lateral trade opportunities between local and overseas organisations.
Hosted by regional ambassador and entrepreneur, Ammar Mirza CBE, Dr Vikram was guest of honour at a reception and roundtable event to champion North East businesses, discussing potential inward investment, new jobs creation, emerging industries and worldwide market opportunities as part of the UK and India’s strategic growth and economic recovery plans.
Dr Vikram also visited the Tyneside Scottish Army Reserve Centre at Kingston Park, Newcastle, as well as the development site of the proposed multi-million pound ‘International Space Station’, a dedicated, centre of excellence ‘trade hub’ which is soon to be constructed at AirView Park (client) adjacent to Newcastle International Airport.
The 10,200 sq ft office development will help SMEs launch, scale-up and take advantage of export routes via the airport, whilst also supporting in-bound trade from overseas. It will provide companies with greater access to Indian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Pakistani and Dutch markets via a collaborative business model offering world-class expertise and connectivity through trusted partners.
"This was a fantastic trade event and a real opportunity to demonstrate and showcase the strength, breadth and diversity of North East industries to key stakeholders. Our discussions were very productive and identified many different ways that mutually-beneficial, collaborative partnerships could become the catalyst for strategic growth, not just for individual companies but also the region as a whole.
The North East has so much to offer and significant opportunities exist going forward for all parties. By engaging and working more closely together, we can help to attract overseas companies that may be looking to the UK as part of global investment plans, here to the region, and at the same time, provide emerging SMEs with access to new markets when developing their export potential. We’re therefore delighted to have welcomed Consul General, Dr Vikram, to the region and welcome further discussions with delegates moving forward."