A MAJOR new business partnership, which will provide better UK support for companies wishing to trade in the United Arab Emirates and Middle East, has been announced by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

The partnership enables Bradford-based Chamber International to offer exporters seamless access to professional services company, The British Centres for Business (BCB) in Dubai, which provides a range of support to help UK companies trade in the UAE with local help and reduced risk.

The BCB, which was founded in 2013, works alongside the British government to support UK companies, particularly SMEs, expand into the UAE and use the country as a gateway to The Middle East.

The partnership has been ratified with a visit to the UK by BCB chief executive, Joe Hepworth, who was born in Ilkley, and also visited several local companies wishing to trade in the Middle East.

Mr Hepworth said: “Our new partnership with Chamber International means that UK companies wishing to trade with the UAE and Middle East have a trusted partner at both ends of their journey.

"We have a wealth of knowledge across many commercial sectors to assist UK exporters in a region that newcomers can find hard to access and understand without help. Our support can de-risk and accelerate their export plans.”

Since it launched, the BCB has helped around 200 UK companies in sectors including food and drink, retail, technology, financial services and high-tech engineering to trade in the UAE and another 31 businesses with establishing a base in the UAE through its incubator service.

Mr Hepworth added: “We are very pleased to have established this partnership with Chamber International. We enjoy close links with British Chambers and Chamber International has always stood out for its energy, activity and focus on exporting to the Middle East.”

Chamber International director, Tim Bailey, said: “The UAE and Middle East is an exciting region, keen to trade with UK companies. We are delighted to promote this dynamic new partnership which mirrors UK government aspirations to make post-Brexit Britain a global trading nation and we believe this initiative will increase the number of UK companies doing business there.”

Chamber International has a wide range of specialist services to make exporting easier and more cost effective.