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US business leaders to give insights to Yorkshire firms at ‘peer to peer’ export event

Katherine Therieau, director of international trade programs for Rhode Island

Businesses in the region will have the opportunity to meet delegates from a Rhode Island trade mission and gain insights on the New England market from Rhode Island trade officials and senior American business leaders.

As well as meeting and getting first hand advice and tips on trading with the US delegates will also hear from State trade officials about the opportunities for UK firms to do business in New England and the State of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island commerce team will offer an overview of the state’s burgeoning technology, innovation, advanced manufacturing, medical, digital and renewables sectors. They will also outline the opportunities for UK firms to fast track entry on the East Coast of the US which is considered to be one of the region’s most accessible and lowest cost locations.

Held at the Leeds office of international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, the free breakfast seminar is the latest in a series of events organised by ExportExchange to bring together fledgling exporters with their more experienced peers.

Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce, said: “More and more, international companies are realising the benefits of doing business in Rhode Island – including our competitive tax structure, potent economic development tools, and high quality of life.

“Companies with UK roots, including Finlays and Virgin Pulse, have chosen to plant their flag in our state, and we look forward to exploring opportunities with other companies that are looking to expand in America.”

An open panel discussion with CEOs and directors  from five US businesses hosted by Yorkshire business editor David Parkin, will offer peer to peer advice on business culture, the pitfalls of international trade with US firms, and the opportunity to grow your US network.

The event will conclude with open networking and the opportunity to meet state trade officials and business leaders.

Paul Snape, programme director at ExportExchange, said: “We’re pleased to be welcoming a delegation of exciting and innovative American businesses to the region and look forward to them sharing their experiences in international trade and answering questions about trading in the US.”

Businesses interested in attending the free event, which runs from 8am to 10am on Thursday 20 September at Womble Bond Dickinson (6th Floor, 1 Whitehall Riverside, 1 Whitehall Rd E, Leeds LS1 4BN) should apply to register their interest via the ExportExchange website at  Due to limited numbers priority will be given to exporting companies and would-be exporters.


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