Textile Centre of Excellence chosen to host We are International event

15 October 2014

HUDDERSFIELD’S acclaimed Textile Centre of Excellence has been chosen to host the next networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign this month (Oct).

A wide range of exporting issues will be discussed at the afternoon event at the Textile Centre of Excellence on October 22 which is expected to attract about 30 novice exporters from throughout Kirklees as well as members of the wider Leeds City Region export ambassador network.

The two-hour event, at which delegates will be able to make contacts and gain first-hand advice from some of the region’s top exporters, is open to manufacturing and e-commerce companies across the business spectrum.

The £2m Textile Centre of Excellence, which provides a wide range of training and technical support as well as leading on major innovations in the UK textile industry and projects for European agencies, was established by Huddersfield and District Textile Training Company  in 1999 to provide a wide range of ‘state-of-the art’ textile and clothing training and production facilities to textile companies.

Additional investment in 2009 saw the launch of a £6m textile innovation development programme to bring new technologies to market through nurturing collaboration between textiles companies and technology suppliers.

Managing director, Bill Macbeth, says: “There has never been a better time to export, nor more advice and support available for novice exporters in a wide range of sectors, and we hope Kirklees enterprises will take advantage of this local event which we are pleased to be hosting.”

The event, which will also include a guided tour of the Textile Centre of Excellence, is being organised by international trade specialist, Chamber International, Bradford, as the latest in a series of networking events providing practical support for new exporters as part of a Local Response Fund Capacity Building Project, a Skills Support for the Workforce Contract, managed by Leeds City College.

The Response Project benefits from £11.8m from the European Social Fund made available through the Skills Funding Agency to finance training for working people and aims to help SMEs, with fewer than 250 staff, in the ten local authority areas within Leeds City Region invest in developing the skills of their workforce.

Chamber International has already run a series of networking events over the last 20 months – backed by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s We are International Campaign – providing practical support for dozens of novice exporters and leading directly to overseas orders which aim to bring in an additional £1.6bn to the ten local authority areas and create thousands of jobs by 2018.

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