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Midlands Engine SME international trade roundtable with Secretary of State, Rt. Hon. Liz Truss MP
As part of our continued work to represent the interests of our region’s businesses, the Midlands Engine has organised a virtual roundtable with the Department for International Trade (DIT) for SMEs from across the region with an interest in international trade, in particular in trade with the United States of America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
We will be joined at the meeting on 5 June 2020 by Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon. Liz Truss MP.
With international trade a firm priority of the UK Government, it is important to provide DIT with regional insight and facilitate the means for businesses to engage directly with the Government on the benefits they see from FTAs and the barriers to trade that they face.
A US Free Trade Agreement would enable the Midlands to benefit significantly, with one in five of all exports from the region already going to the US. For example, a deal could reduce tariffs imposed on the region’s car manufacturers, as well as its ceramics and drinks exporters. Service firms could benefit from increased market access in the UK. Removing trade barriers with the US could deliver huge gains, especially for the SMEs across the Midlands already trading with the US and opening up opportunities to others.
We want to receive insight from Midlands businesses operating in, or interested in, these key international markets through our virtual roundtable event, which will be taking place on 5th June. This event will also offer an opportunity to put questions to the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon. Liz Truss MP.
Places are limited, and will be allocated from those who have expressed an interest to ensure a fair spread of geography, sectors and business sizes, so to express an interest please complete the form below by 29 May 2020.
Thank you for your interest in the Midlands Engine SME international trade roundtable with Secretary of State, Rt. Hon. Liz Truss MP on Friday, 5 June.
The Registration of Interest form for this event is now closed.
We received a high level of interest from a wide variety of businesses across the Midlands and will be in contact shortly with those who we are able to offer a place to at the meeting.
We will provide all businesses who have expressed an interest with an update from the meeting.