On Tuesday 25th September, Reading West MP Alok Sharma along with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) held a seminar which showcased the experience of two Reading businesses which as well as trading in the UK also export their products to other world markets. The seminar took place in the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium as part of the wider Business Success in Berkshire 2012 event.
Alister Esam, CEO of eShare, and Mike Jessop, Managing Director of Moo Free Chocolates, spoke about their businesses, how they began to export their products and their respective experiences of exporting. They gave an overview of the assistance that they were able to access from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and also shared some tips they have learnt from their export operations.
Alok said: “eShare and Moo Free Chocolates gave great presentations about their businesses and experience from exporting. Increasing UK exports is a vital part of growing our economy and I plan to hold further export-related networking events for local businesses, building on the success of the “Exporting for Growth” event in June and this seminar.”
Alister Esam, CEO of eShare, said: “For small businesses, learning to export is a really complicated topic to master. Events such as this give exporters the valuable opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and also to engage with UKTI who provide a great range of business focussed resources.”
Deborah Wharton, Business Director at the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP said: “We were delighted to organise this event with Alok. It was great that UKTI was represented at the event and was offering one-to-one sessions with any business seeking information, advice or assistance about exporting.”
eShare presentation from the seminar http://www.eshare.co.uk/AbouteShare/Pages/ExportingBoardPacksbyeShare.aspx
Moo Free Chocolates website: http://moofreechocolates.com/
Photo: Alok with Alister Esam and Deborah Wharton at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre