Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Welcomes New Director of Department of International Trade

CUMBRIA Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed its new Export Director from the Northwestern Department of International Trade.

Sarah Peak joined CLEP as a detachment from the Department.

With 35 years of experience in the business industry, Sarah has worked for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations as well as establishing and operating her own business for the past seven years.

She said: “I am delighted to be part of this innovative partnership between Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and the North West Department of International Trade.

“My role will be to initiate and lead collaborations with key trade and business support parties within the local ecosystem to ensure the maximization of existing export services and the development of programs and activities for increase international trade in the region.

“The Department of International Trade (DIT) can help businesses export and expand into global markets. It can help companies create an export plan, find an export market, choose a route to the market, obtain export financing, manage payment for export orders, prepare companies to do business in a foreign country, prepare companies for export procedures and logistics, sell services abroad, and manage the risks of bribery and corruption.

“He can introduce companies to embassies abroad, involve companies in trade missions and exhibitions, and share his knowledge with companies through a wide range of webinars.

“I look forward to playing my role in helping Cumbrian businesses get the advice and guidance they need to help them develop their export potential. ”

Jo Lappin, Managing Director of CLEP, said: “I am truly delighted that Sarah has been seconded to CLEP to provide much needed export advice to our companies as they navigate the important changes presented at the end of the EU transition period.

“Our economic stimulus plan, ‘Restart, restart, rethink’, identifies exporting as a significant growth opportunity for many companies, and Sarah has the knowledge and experience to help our businesses achieve this.

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