EXPORT opportunities come under the spotlight this autumn with a series of events to encourage more Yorkshire firms to go global.

UK trade & Investment has organised a programme of seminars, networking lunches and day-long insight events for Export Week, which runs from November 12 to 16.

Doncaster MPs Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint will kick-off the week with an event on November 9 at Doncaster Racecourse, where they will be joined by local exporters to discuss “Growing Your Business Through Export”.

Other events include Are You Ready to Export? to be held on Monday, November 12, at Sheffield Enterprise Agency and a Russian market webinar with Steve Haynes.

Tuesday, November 13, sees a Middle East webinar with Brian Aungiers and a UK Export Finance seminar in Leeds.

The Hilton Hotel at Wharf Approach, Leeds, is the venue for Explore Export on Wednesday, November 14.

The same day will see a webinar on international market research.

Thursday, 15 November, will see Thriving Through Exports at Leeds and a webinar on current trends.

On Friday, November 16, Exporting Made Easier takes place at Hull’s World Trade Centre while Are You Ready to Export? will be held at The Shay in Halifax and Winning International Business is the focus on an event in Harrogate.

Mark Robson, UKTI regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This is a challenging time for regional companies as the crisis in the eurozone deepens, but there are still huge opportunities in many overseas markets and there has never been a better time to consider exporting and going global.

Visit www.ukti.gov.uk/exportweek