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Export Hub takes a key role at Liverpool’s International Festival for Business

Up to 30,000 visitors, including heads of state and global leaders from business and academia, will get the chance to see EMS’s work in person over the next three weeks as part of Liverpool’s International Festival for Business (IFB2016).

As part of Exporting is GREAT the government’s most ambitious ever export initiative, we’ve delivered and managed a branded roadshow truck that has been touring the country since November. The truck – known as the Export Hub – aims to help the government get SMEs face-to-face with live exporting opportunities.

More than 3,000 businesses have already visited the Export Hub, with that number set to rise significantly during the three weeks of IFB2016 at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre. Visitors to IFB2016 can drop in to the Export Hub for sessions with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) staff, international trade advisors and industry experts, as well as the chance to discover live opportunities around the world. Small businesses taking their first exporting steps, alongside well-known names who have mastered exporting, will also be on hand to discuss the challenges and opportunities exporting presents.

Export Hub at the International Festival of Business

EMS chief executive Keith Austin said: “As an SME ourselves, we can vouch for the fact that access to exporting advice can transform a company. We’re delighted to have been able to support the government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign to help UK businesses of all sizes start their export journey and grow overseas.”

 UKTI chief executive Dr Catherine Raines said:
“The Export Hub provides companies with support and advice to help them succeed in global markets. EMS has ensured the design of the truck is practical and perfectly fits the Exporting is GREAT brand, giving visitors the best experience possible.”

EMS has managed the logistics and schedule behind a nationwide tour of the Export Hub before its arrival in Liverpool for IFB2016. The Hub has already visited cities, towns, exhibitions and local business events up and down the length of England, from Portsmouth to Sunderland, as well as touring Wales and Northern Ireland. It will continue to tour the UK until the end of October, with EMS managing every step. The Export Hub includes areas for seminars and meetings, as well as a Skype room where visitors can connect and talk to a network of overseas advisors about doing business in different markets.