Ashfield businesses to get tailored international support

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Business owners in Ashfield thinking about trading abroad, or existing importers and exporters looking to drive international sales, can take advantage of a fully funded service from the Ashfield Accelerator Project.

‘Trading Overseas’ is part of the Project delivered by East Midlands Chamber and funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). It forms part of Ashfield District Council’s Accelerator Programme and offers support to local businesses to tap into global markets. This could be for strategic as well as operational support.

Sole traders, micro and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can be supported by a specialist consultant – Andrea Collins of the Global Trade Department – to address import and export challenges such as finding new markets, suppliers, distributors and trade events.

The service will be tailored to the needs of each business and could cover global trade functions, regulatory compliance or sustainability planning. Home Curtains, a maker and supplier of curtains based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, is one business that has already benefitted from support.

Home Curtains head of finance Rachel Binks said: “We were looking for support to guide us through the exploration of new markets abroad. We contacted the Accelerator project and explained what we were looking to investigate,

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