KIRKLEES companies could be flying down to Rio.
The relationship between Brazil and the UK is under focus this month as the Olympic flag, which was handed over to Rio during the London 2012 closing ceremony, touches down in Brazil.
But it is not just the Olympics that connects the two countries – and following London 2012, businesses across the UK have a wonderful chance to make the most of future business openings in Brazil, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Exports from Yorkshire to Brazil last year totalled almost £373m. To build on this, UKTI, the Government’s export support arm, is launching two new schemes in the region designed to help exporters gain a foothold in Brazil and beyond.
In September, UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber will launch its Passport to Global Sports Projects programme with a one-day introductory workshop in Sheffield. The 12-month programme offers a package of specialist support for exporters from the region looking to target the highly-competitive global sports projects market.
Then in November, UKTI will take companies from the region on a trade mission to Brazil. The mission will be multi-sectoral but will be timed to coincide with Soccerex in Rio, the premier global football exhibition which takes place between November 24 to 28.
The mission will take in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s industrial heartland, which offers opportunities in a range of sectors, including engineering and healthcare.
Mark Robson, regional director for UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "London 2012 was a real showcase for the UK and – thanks to the fantastic achievements of our local athletes – for the Yorkshire and Humber region too.
"Now with the world’s gaze shifting to Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup and the Olympics – and with £10.43bn due to be spent on infrastructure and venues for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics alone – there is a ‘golden’ opportunity for businesses from our region to make the most of the Games’ legacy and highlight the wide range of services and products they can offer, both to Brazil and other international markets.
For more information on the Passport to Global Sports Projects Programme, contact Kathryn Borg, International Trade Advisor at UKTI Yorkshire, on 07500 445 074.
To register for the trade visit to Brazil, email email@example.com. Companies are strongly advised to register early as the visit is expected to be in demand.