Scheme launched to help Sheffield businesses export

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A SCHEME to help Sheffield businesses expand their overseas trade is being launched.

Up to 30 businesses will be selected to join the programme which is designed to support companies new to exporting.

It also aims to assist those with limited experience to exploit opportunities available.

The scheme is part of the Keep Sheffield Working programme and involves Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, South Yorkshire International Trade Forum and the Government’s UK Trade and Investment department.

Sheffield Council is keen to hear from firms ‘with the ambition, resources and commitment to secure international business’.

One of those signed up already is Cobra Sport Exhausts UK, based on Surbiton Street, Carbrook.

Rachel Jarvis, the company’s executive director, said: “As ‘first time’ exporters, we need to be able to access support and expertise to help us to identify the most appropriate markets and the best ways to tackle them.

“This initiative from the council, operating alongside UKTI, is precisely the kind of practical, expert input small companies such as ours need.”

The programme aims to provide ‘practical guidance’ for all stages of exporting – researching markets, contacting customers and getting the best out of visiting a market.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “Now that resources are so tight, it is particularly important to direct our funding into key projects that will stimulate growth.

“We want to make sure local businesses are prepared for developing the overseas markets that will help them and the wider economy grow and, in time, provide new jobs for local people. This scheme is the first of a package of measures being worked on to grow the economy.”

n Companies interested in taking part in the programme should contact the Sheffield Enterprise Gateway on 0800 0435522.