Sunderland business summit helps highlight what makes Britain great

UKTI David Coppock and Ross Cordiner - Photography by David Glen Walker @ Picture Farm
UKTI David Coppock and Ross Cordiner - Photography by David Glen Walker @ Picture Farm
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A BUSINESS summit in Sunderland will be urging companies in the region to adopt a healthy outlook for exports.

The University of Sunderland will be hosting the Healthcare and Life Science Business Summit at the National Glass Centre tomorrow where UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will help more companies take up the “export for growth” challenge.

The meeting is one of a series of Olympic-themed events linked to the British Business Embassy project which took place during London 2012 to highlight what makes Britain Great.

During the Wearside event companies will be able to watch a special presentation about meeting the challenges for healthcare in the next decade and leading businessmen will be on hand to share their own experiences of exporting, the opportunities available to North East companies and the pitfalls to be avoided.

Professor Tony Alabaster, associate dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, said: “The university is delighted to be hosting such an important healthcare and life sciences business summit here.

“The Department of Pharmacy, Health and Wellbeing within the faculty plays a key role in engaging with the region’s healthcare and life sciences economy and is actively engaged in helping to deliver the goals of the UKTI in creating 500 new exporters in the North East by 2015, by providing inspiring and accessible academic and, infra-structure support.”

David Coppock, UKTI’s regional director, said: “Many North East companies are already proving time and again that we can compete on the world stage and our performance continues to be at a record high with more than £14.04billion worth of goods exported in the last year.

“The UK healthcare and life sciences sector is huge and we continue to be world leaders in this field.

“The UK medical technology sector has more than 3,100 companies generating £15billion turnover and employing around 64,000 people; biotechnology boasts 945 companies generating £3.4billion and employing 23,000 people and the UK pharmaceutical sector has 365 companies, with a combined turnover of £31.8billion, employing around 77,800 people.

“The North East too has more than its fair share of successful companies and we’re hoping this event will help inspire others to follow in their footsteps. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to help create 500 new exporters in the North East by 2015 and I’d urge anyone considering starting to export or looking to enter new markets to come along to find out how we can help.”

During the event delegates will also be able to share their own experiences and best practice during lunch.

To find out more or to book a place call the North East International Trade hotline on 0845 05 05 054 or email

Hosting the event is also another boost for the university as a conferencing venue – UniSpace – which has steadily been building an impressive portfolio of high-profile conferences and events over the past year.

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