Energy firms urged to plug into export advice at UKTI roadshow

May 16, 2012

Energy firms from around the West of England can find out how to benefit from international opportunities at a renewable energy roadshow later this month.

With growing demand for renewable and alternative energy across the globe, potential export markets are opening up for businesses in the industry – a key sector for the region.

Market specialists from 15 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India and Japan, will be available at the roadshow for one-to-one discussions and can provide expert advice on growing overseas sales in renewable energy.

The event, on May 29 at the University of the West of England in Bristol, is staged by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Government’s trade boosting body.

UKTI international trade adviser Andrew Fraser, who is also its South West renewable energy specialist, said: “Whether a company is already established in these markets, or merely considering them for the first time, market experts will be able to offer up-to-date information and advice that will add real benefit to a firm's export sales.

“Like all sectors across the UK, companies need to be looking further afield to increase sales. We have an increasing need for, and a growing recognition of, the importance of renewables.

“The UK has pledged to ensure at least 15% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.The previous £15bn investment may be dwarfed over the next 10 years. At least £100bn – and some estimates go higher – could be invested in the UK by 2020.

“There are already well over 1,000 businesses working in the sector and the number is rising as the sector expands to meet government targets and address climate change issues.”

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To find out how to start exporting or discover new markets contact UKTI South West on 0845-606-0969 or

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