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Chamber Welcomes EMB’s UKTI Contract Win

Trade Minister Lord Livingston - (CC BY 2.0 Foreign and Commonwealth Office)The Government has awarded East Midlands Business (EMB) a five-year contract to deliver export support to local companies.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston today unveiled the organisations chosen by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to deliver international trade advice and support as part of the Government’s long-term commitment to increase the number of businesses which export.

EMB is a not-for-profit organisation which is 75% owned by the Chambers of Commerce for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, and Northamptonshire.

As part of the deal, it will deliver UKTI services aimed at helping companies to start exporting or increase their overseas business by finding customers in new markets, taking part in trade shows and exporting online around the world.

Firms will also be eligible to bid for a share of £100m in additional export support through European structural and investment funds.

Lord Livingston said: "I am delighted that we can commit to long term contracts and provide the support that businesses need to break into new markets creating jobs and growth for their region.

"UKTI will be working with locally based organisations, including social enterprises and Chambers of Commerce, to ensure that public money is targeted at where it is most needed and spent responsibly."

Ian Harrison, Regional Director for UKTI East Midlands said: "We are delighted to continue to work with EMB to help East Midlands businesses increase their capabilities to secure new business opportunities in international markets."

Stephen Smith, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Business, which is part of the EMB Group of companies said: “EMB Group is delighted to retain this contract. We’ve worked on behalf of UKTI in the East Midlands since 2007 and have a really good understanding of local business needs and a first class team of advisers. Together with key local partners such as LEPs and Chambers of Commerce, we’re looking forward to supporting even more companies to become active exporters”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Chamber, which represents businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said: “The Chamber is delighted that EMB has won the contract to continue to deliver UK Trade & Investment services to businesses across the East Midlands over the next five years.

“International trade is a key part of the Chamber’s services – to members and non-members – and it looks forward to working closely with UKTI in the months ahead to help more businesses export and fully realise their potential in the global marketplace.”

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