- November 11, 2014
- Posted by: Mark Drakeford AM
- Category: Assembly News
A major push by the Welsh Government to help companies export gets a boost this week during Export Week with over 200 delegates registered for the flagship Explore Export event in Cardiff – and the largest ever contingent from Wales heading out to Germany for Medica.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was delighted at the take up for Explore Export and that the life sciences sector is taking full advantage of the Welsh Government’s presence at Medica – Europe’s largest MedTech event.
The Minister said:
“Encouraging and supporting businesses to export is high on the Welsh Government’s agenda. In addition to these events we also have a multi sector trade mission heading for Dubai on Saturday which coincides with The Big 5 – the largest trade show for the construction industry in the Middle East.
“These events forms part of our extensive programme of overseas trade missions and exhibitions which is backed by a comprehensive support package to help business access new export markets and new opportunities.
“The latest export figures showed Wales had the highest increase in exports of any of the four UK countries, with an increase to both EU and non-EU countries. It illustrates our strategy is delivering results.”
Explore Export on 14 November at City Hall builds on the success of last year’s International Trade Day. The key feature of Explore Export , which is supported by the Welsh Government and UK Trade & Investment, will see commercial officers from more than 60 overseas markets coming to Cardiff for 1-2-1 meetings with companies.
Zip Clip, which is based in Newtown, is attending Explore Export on Friday and flying out to Dubai the following day with the Welsh Government trade mission to attend The Big 5 exhibition. The company makes and designs high-spec suspension systems for all HVAC, Electrical, Mechanical & Signage requirements and currently exports 40% of their output to over 20 markets.
Medica – a four day event (November 12 -15) in Dusseldorf attracts more than 4600 exhibitors and 132,000 trade visitors from 120 countries across all continents, with 53 % from countries outside of Europe.
This year 87 delegates are participating from Wales – the largest contingent to date – with a number of companies using the occasion to launch new products to an international audience, while others plan to meet existing clients, make new contacts, appoint distributors, win new business and promote their goods and services globally.
The Welsh Government is once again sponsoring a Welsh pavilion in the International Hall, as well as a second stand in the Diagnostics Hall.
Export Week comes ahead of the UK Investment Summit Wales 2014 (20-21 November at Newport’s Celtic Manor) supported by the UK and Welsh Governments, which brings together more than 250 global investors, business leaders and ministers and builds on the spotlight placed on Wales during the NATO summit.