Kent and East Sussex businesses discuss overseas trading issues at 'Ready, Steady, Export' event

Over 60 delegates from firms from across Kent and East Sussex have attended an event aimed at helping businesses explore trading opportunities in new overseas markets.

Guests at the ‘Ready, Steady, Export’ event, held at the Warwick Park Hotel on Friday, 15 December, heard from Rob Lewtas from the Department for International Trade South East who provided details of a new government support package for local businesses.

The new scheme, which is part funded by the ERDF Get Exporting 2 programme, will offer financial assistance for businesses across the region to fund business development and sales activity in overseas markets.

Tunbridge Wells-based experts from RSM (Accountancy and Tax), Cripps (Law), and Brookes IP (Intellectual Property) were partners on the day, providing specialist advice to help delegates plan their next steps.

Paul Hodge, a tax partner at audit, tax and consulting firm RSM in Tunbridge Wells said:

‘As we approach Brexit, many local businesses are looking at opportunities to find customers and grow sales in new markets overseas.

‘Exporting can offer fantastic rewards, but can also come with new regulatory, tax and legal risks. Experienced exporters will tell you that no two international markets are the same. It’s therefore really important for businesses to do their research and to take advice before they take the plunge. This can help minimise the risks and maximise sales potential and the value in the business.’