TRADE experts at a Bradford-based support body will help deliver hands-on export to support local businesses after the organisation won a major new contract.

The deal between Chamber International and Leeds City College will mean a new series of more regular networking events.

Under The Local Response Fund, a Skills Support for the Workforce contract managed by Leeds City College, the Chamber International will be delivering themed networking events as part of the capacity building project with export ambassadors providing practical support for novice exporters.

Local Response Fund Capacity Building activities aim to boost skills knowledge, support business growth and reduce skills gaps.

Chamber International has already run a series of networking events over the last 18 months – backed by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s We are international Campaign – providing practical support for dozens of novice exporters which have since won overseas orders.

The events have attracted nearly almost 400 business people with themes including pure networking, e-commerce, accessing export funding and arranging overseas meetings.

Under the new contract, using support from the European Social Fund, twice-monthly events will be held in the Leeds City Region.

A new training module will be introduced to help novice exporters to identify what skills they need to help them to export successfully. The new events, running until early next year, will also allow more one-to-one discussions with export ambassadors.

The events are to be held in boardrooms and factory floors of successful exporters, including those of export ambassadors, and are so far scheduled to be held in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.

One of the first events will be hosted by award-winning exporter, Jim Hart, who will host an event at his Yeadon-based business One Global, which was founded in Saltaire.

Mr Hart, chief executive of One Global and sister company, Europlus Direct, which has won two Queens Awards for Enterprise in International Trade, will be the keynote speaker at the two-hour event on September 4 at One Global’s base near Leeds Bradford Airport, expected to attract up to 30 novice exporters.