CHAMBER International has strengthened its team of associates as it helps spearhead Yorkshire’s biggest export drive for a generation.
The organisation has appointed export strategist and sales professional Neil Park (pictured) to head its export development service and persuade more firms to sell their goods and services overseas.
With only a tiny minority of companies in the region involved in exporting, Chamber International has teamed up with UK Trade & Investment and the Leeds City Region Local Economic Partnership to deliver an element of the “We Are International” campaign. It includes the formation of the Export Network, a team of highly-experienced export champions, who will mentor and offer practical advice to novice or inexperienced exporters in a bid to add £2.6bn to Yorkshire’s coffers.
The campaign, to be launched on March 12, will focus on dramatically increasing Yorkshire’s export sales to counteract a sluggish market at home. Despite its distinguished manufacturing pedigree, currently only 7% sell abroad.
Mr Park’s career in export sales includes working for two large manufacturers in the automotive industry for the past 17 years, seeing year-on-year increases in sales, margin and market share.
Since 2011 he has run his own company developing international sales for a number of manufacturers.
He has also taught the Institute of Export Advanced Diploma Course.