Ripon MP urges SMEs to sign up for major European export fair

Julian Smith is co-organising the event to highlight the benefits of trading with other European Union countries.
Julian Smith is co-organising the event to highlight the benefits of trading with other European Union countries.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, is encouraging small and medium-sized businesses across the region to sign up for a major European trade export fair.

The event, being organised jointly by the MP and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is the first of a series of UKTI Export Fairs to take place across the country, and will take place at Ripon Racecourse on Friday, June 27.

The Fair will offer businesses advice on exporting, finance for exports and specialist workshops on different markets and business sectors.

Delegates from various European countries will be present, including a representative from the British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC), who will discuss SMEs’ Polish trade opportunities.

Mr Smith said: “Yorkshire businesses produce many outstanding products which should be showcased around the world. This Export Fair gives them the chance to hear about the opportunities available to them to sell their products internationally and get the advice they need to allow this to happen.

“I am also delighted we will be welcoming representatives from European business organisations to Ripon for the event so we can highlight the benefits available from exporting to other EU member states.”

The BPCC’s Monika Samuś, who will be at the event, said: “For the next 15 years, Poland is likely to grow at double the pace of the UK economy. It’s a market not to be ignored by any UK exporter looking for new customers.

“The Trade Team at the British Polish Chamber of Commerce offers a range of practical services to help UK exporters enter the Polish market. We’re focused on finding importers, distributors and agents.

“Since we were set up last September, we’ve helped British business over 750 times with a range of advice, contacts, market information, route to market strategies, sales and marketing support and access to our sizeable member network.

“During the Fair in Ripon we will discuss key issues covering opportunities for trade in Poland during an hour-long masterclass meeting led by the representative of the Trade Team.”

Businesses can sign up for the event at

Companies interested in entering Polish market can contact BPCC’s Trade Team at