The newly-honoured director-general of the Institute of Export (IoE) is special guest at an export event in West Yorkshire.
Lesley Batchelor, who received the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work to develop export education and training for British businesses, will be speaking at the We Are International export networking event on July 4 at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.
The event is the fifth to be held to support the We Are International campaign run by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – which encompasses Kirklees – and its aim of adding £1.6bn to the regional economy by 2018.
Ms Batchelor, who lives in York, was appointed director-general of the IoE in 2010 after working with a series of blue chip international businesses and establishing a small strategicdevelopment agency supporting new market entry planning for SMEs.
She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the All PartyManufacturing Group and also gives evidence to the House of Lords SelectCommittee on Government support for SMEs.
Part of her talk will concentrate on a new IoE international trade survey which shows that a growing number of exporting companies believe that continuing membership of the European Union is “critical” to their business.
The research shows that 49.5% of exporters say Britain’s continuing membership of the EU is critical to their company – up from 45% in 2013.
Latest figures show that Yorkshire and Humber’s value of exports to the EU in the first three months of this year were £2.1bn.
We are International is delivered by the LEP with international trade specialists Chamber International, UKTI Yorkshire and Humber, Enterprise Europe Yorkshire, MY Export Hub and Yorkshire Universities.
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