Mark Lane

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Yorkshire Bank boost for international trade forum

An independent membership organisation which supports exporters throughout South Yorkshire has gained further backing from Yorkshire Bank.

South Yorkshire International Trade Forum (SYITF), the not-for-profit body based in Sheffield, has gained Yorkshire Bank support for the fifth consecutive year.

Founded in 2005 by local managing directors, SYITF shares knowledge and expertise in international trade with its members through an annual programme of networking events and workshops.

It also acts as a link between public and private sector organisations providing international trade services.

Steve Tweedle, head of Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Sheffield, and an SYITF board member, said: “Exports, particularly to fast-growing or emerging economies such as China, India and Singapore have a significant role to play in the UK’s economic recovery and we are pleased to be supporting this important local business forum once again.”

Forthcoming events will focus on international trade in Russia and the Ukraine, Japan, Mexico and India. A workshop is planned on creating export-friendly websites and a talk is also scheduled for 25 May with economist, Tom Vosa, head of market economics-Europe at National Australia Group.

William Becket of William Beckett Plastics Ltd and SYITF chairman, said: “It is extremely important for us to have gained Yorkshire Bank’s support for the fifth year.

“The fact that our membership has trebled since 2010 shows how significant exporting is for South Yorkshire businesses.”

Other main SYITF sponsors from Sheffield include law firm, Irwin Mitchell and chartered accountants, Barber Harrison and Platt.

Yorkshire Bank’s South Yorkshire Business and Private Banking Centre covers Sheffield, Chesterfield and the Dearne Valley.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Mark Lane .

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