are many export opportunities throughout the world for British companies in the
three industry sectors - environment, agri-food and sustainable development - on
which EuroConnect has focused.
is very important that we use the base of Europe - which is now our home base -
to tackle exporting to the world. We must become more competitive in
who had just returned from a 12-day trade mission to Thailand, Taiwan and Korea,
urged British small and medium sized companies to take full advantage of
information technology and e-commerce to compete in world markets. He said the
government was determined to create a "strong macro-economic
framework" so that businesses had the confidence to invest for growth.
- organised under the auspices of the European Commission Interprise programme -
was praised by EC coordinator Hans Schoof for being one of the biggest and most
successful in the current programme.
total of 70 UK companies reserved meeting booths at EuroConnect and more than
100 visitors travelled from 14 overseas countries to hold exploratory talks on
possible trade opportunities. Delegates attended from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Netherlands, Italy,
Spain, Sweden, plus the UK home nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland, England
executive Gloria Milne said: "EuroConnect has provided a wonderful
environment in which companies can seize new business opportunities. Everyone
has been very positive about prospects for developing new business as a result
of contacts that have been made.
just one new deal would make the whole exercise worthwhile for each person who