A party of Coventry clothing manufacturers is off to Ireland on a trade
mission to sew up some export opportunities.
Coventry Clothing Centre has teamed up with Business Link Coventry & Warwickshire
to organise the three-day trip to the Emerald Isle at the beginning of December.
The aim is to create opportunities for local
manufacturers in a potentially lucrative market.
The six manufacturers, who are members of the Coventry Clothing Manufacturers
Association, will also be joined by two other manufacturers from different parts of the
country. The products range from baby wear to evening wear.
Business Link made sure the manufacturers were armed with a list of potential contacts
to encourage appointment making before setting off across the Irish Sea.
Once in Ireland the manufacturers will be attending a special evening reception at the
British Embassy in Dublin, as well as following up on their appointments.
Councillor Ram Lakha, chairman of Coventry Clothing Centre's Committee, said:
"The aim of the Clothing Centre is to support local manufacturers and we are
always looking at new ways to achieve this.
"I believe this mission will create real opportunities for local manufacturers
with the aim of winning orders and forming relationships."
Mick Page, export adviser at Business Link Coventry & Warwickshire, explained that
Ireland was the UK's biggest export market for clothing and there were still plenty of
opportunities to exploit for companies with the right motivation.
"A common language and business culture make Ireland an ideal place for
manufacturers to consider for export.
"The Irish economy is also one of the fastest growing in Europe and has lots of
potential. Added to this is a strong cultural bond and friendship.
"It is unusual to have a trade mission solely aimed at one market sector, but in
this case the export opportunities are so strong it made perfect sense," said Mr