Eastern promise for North East firms

NORTH East exporters will hear about the opportunities that exist in Eastern Europe at an event held in the region today. 

Members of the North East’s largest business membership organisation, the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), are among the businesses attending a question and answer session with the Mayor of Rijeka, Mayor Obersnel, at an event designed to establish trade links between the North East and Croatia. 

 Businesses including Global Anodes, Tegral Ltd and Ryder Architecture Ltd will attend the event, which is taking place at Newcastle Civic Centre.  The session is part of the Mayor’s day-long tour of Newcastle.

 James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), said: “NECC firmly believes that, if it is to realise its full potential, the North East must tap into new markets overseas.  And Croatia, and Rijeka in particular, with its good transport links represents a significant opportunity for businesses in this part of the country. 

 NECC and the CBI arranged the Q&A session to help businesses in the region to understand the opportunities that exist in the tourism and leisure, ports and marine, education, creative and media, security, and food and drink sectors.  As Croatia’s third biggest city, Rijeka is one of the country’s most important port and container terminals, and represents a real opportunity for North East businesses.

 Mr Ramsbotham added: “The event will help us to strengthen our trade relations with Eastern Europe, and should put North East businesses at the front of the queue when Croatia looks for suppliers in the future.”

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