Kirklees firms supplying the oil and gas sector are being invited to take part in a series of overseas trade missions.
Government export support body UK Trade & Investment, is working with energy sector business development organisation NOF Energy to run the trips to international markets with significant opportunities for UK firms.
The trade visits will take place between the end of this month and March, 2016, and will cover Mexico and Colombia, Brazil, Singapore and Western Australia – all markets with established and growing energy sectors keen to engage with UK suppliers.
The initiative aims to support first-time exporters and new-to-market enterprises and will help with travel costs. It will also emphasise the value of the North of England supply chain to the global market and the economic benefit the sector brings to the UK economy.
During the visits, delegates will have the chance to meet potential clients and attend high level receptions with local VIPs from the energy sector. They will also take part in site visits to local firms and attend networking receptions.
NOF Energy, which is the UK business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors, has delivered international energy sector market visits for two decades.
The organisation, which represents almost 500 firms and has a robust network of UK and international contacts at all levels of the supply chain, has helped firms secure exports worth more than £100m as a result of taking part in its international market visits.
UKTI director David Coppock said: “Within the Northern Powerhouse regions are innovative companies that have developed technology-led solutions that will be in demand from the international market. Therefore, by utilising the strengths of the Northern Powerhouse, we can help fuel our economy by increased exports to industries such as oil and gas.”
George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, said: “From decades of developing technology-led solutions that have been applied in deep water and harsh environments, the UK’s oil and gas supply chain is seen as the gold standard across the globe.
“The North of England supply chain is particularly strong and can support the ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse with its export-led activities.
“The markets we are targeting have active oil and gas sectors keen to engage with UK businesses. This Northern Powerhouse initiative will enable West Yorkshire companies, with innovative products and services that can be applied to the industry, establish new relationships that can deliver new export streams.”