JAN 00] THE CHAMBER NEWS
Looks East For New Trade
and Warwickshire Chamber is ahead of the pack when it comes to forging
new business links in Eastern Europe, according to the area’s MEP.
Cashman was speaking in Brussels at the official launch of the Eastern
is extremely encouraging to see the effort being made by key
officials in Coventry and throughout the West Midlands to forge
strong bonds with Eastern Europe.
is enormous potential for export to Eastern Europe, especially
within the automotive sector and by working in partnership the
opportunities for growth are there to be taken.
president Isabella Moore, who has represented The Chamber on a number
of European trade-missions, said:
meeting has acted as a springboard for regional partnerships in the
UK to adopt a culture that embraces working with regions of similar
economic structure in parts of Eastern Europe, something The Chamber
has been part of for many years.
this partnership and the recent West Midlands in Europe launch has
enabled members to engage with evolving European Union policy,
legislation and future funding programmes to provide a collective
benefit for the West Midlands region."
the past eighteen months we have been seeing opportunities for trade
and bi-lateral co-operation with cities in Central and Eastern
that time we have established strong links with Eastern European
cities who have a similar industrial profile to Coventry - Kecskemet
in Hungary, Ostrava in the Czech Republic and Katowice in Poland,
along with St Etiene in France."
products and marketing director Nigel Gaynor, who also attended the
Brussels event, added:
is vital that The Chamber and its partners are able to cement
partnerships with European counterparts in line with European Union
guidelines on economic enlargement.
with European Chambers, local authorities and regional development
agencies we are aiming to not only promote trading, but also share
best-practice and work on joint projects to secure European funding
and ensure their future growth."
have all agreed to take this forward and one of the first actions we
will all be taking is to work together on an e-commerce project,
which would be by working with transnational partners."
Chamber are looking to send a membership recruitment expert to our
Eastern European partnership cities in the new-year to not only
share best-practice but to help recruit companies to Chambers in
Polish, Hungarian and Czech Republic cities with which we have