Lord Green to attend “Exporting for Growth” seminar

20th June 2012

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West and Richard Benyon, the Member of Parliament for Newbury announced today that they will be joined by special guest Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, at a seminar for local businesses on “Exporting for Growth”.

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, who is Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the Department at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, will address the seminar on the national picture and what the Government is doing to help increase the level of exports from small and medium sized businesses.

Alok Sharma said: “Lord Green has been one of the key Ministers behind the Government’s agenda for export-led growth and so I am delighted he is able to attend this event where attendees will also have an opportunity to ask him questions.”

Alok continued: “More than 60 companies have already signed up to attend the seminar, which promises to be an informative morning and will be a great opportunity to learn more about exporting and network with fellow local businesses. Anyone interested in attending should please email me at alok.sharma.mp@parliament.uk.”

Richard Benyon said: “This is a major opportunity for West Berkshire companies to learn how the Government can help them grow through exporting. I am delighted that Stephen Green is coming to speak at such an important event.”

Lord Green said: “There are thousands of highly innovative and successful small and medium sized businesses across the Thames Valley and it is our goal to increase the number of those businesses who export. I am therefore very pleased to be attending this event to speak to and hear from local businesses about how we can work in partnership to improve exports.”

Lord Green continued: “The Government is absolutely committed to reforming our economy away from a model that relies on government spending and consumption fuelled by debt. The only other way of driving growth and creating jobs, the only way of creating sustainable growth, in fact, is through investment and trade.”

The Seminar will be held on Friday 29th June 2012, between 07.30 am -10.00am at the Madejski Stadium Conference Centre in Reading. Thanks to sponsorship from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP), the event will be free to all attending.

Photo: Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment