News - 28 July 2014

East Midlands’ companies urged to explore Oman and Qatar

Forward-thinking local companies are being urged to make the most of business opportunities in some of the fastest growing areas in the world, as export body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) launch a high profile market visit to Oman and Qatar.

Ian Harrison, Regional Director for UKTI East Midlands said:

“East Midlands exports are continuing to grow, rising by 5.5% in the last financial year to £21bn, giving a confidence boost to firms across the region and the economy as a whole.

“We want to maintain the momentum and give local firms more opportunities to develop contacts and win business in some of the highest growth markets in the world.

“East Midlands companies have increased their exports to Oman and Qatar at a higher rate than other companies across the UK, with exports to Oman up by 34.4% between 2010 and 2013, compared to 25.3% across the UK, and exports to Qatar up by 31.2%, compared to 24.6% across the UK.

“We are leading the way and this visit gives local companies a further opportunity to boost their market share.”

British exports to Qatar more than doubled in the last few years, and exports to Oman continue to increase.

Ian continued:

“These markets are still growing and developing so making your mark now could hold you in good stead for the future.

“Brand Britain has a strong reputation and is viewed very positively across Oman and Qatar, with our products associated with durability, reliability and quality – a clear advantage for local firms as contracts continue to be clinched for major projects such as the 2022 World Cup. ” 

The Oman and Qatar Mission takes place from 2 to 6 November 2014.

The market visit will include a reception and networking event at the British Embassy on arrival, a business networking event, dedicated support, language and cultural support help with organising interpretation and funding up to £580.

To book your place or for further information, please contact

For export support contact UKTI on 0845 052 4001

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