South Yorkshire firms urged to take part in international trade missions

UKTI regional director David Coppock (left) and George Rafferty (right), chief executive of NOF Energy are encouraging energy sector supply chain companies to take their skills global.

UKTI regional director David Coppock (left) and George Rafferty (right), chief executive of NOF Energy are encouraging energy sector supply chain companies to take their skills global.

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South Yorkshire’s oil and gas supply businesses are being invited to take part in international trade missions - and travel expenses will be paid for.

UK Trade and Investment and NOF Energy have organised visits to Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Singapore and Western Australia between the end of September and March 2016.

The initiative has secured funding to cover travel costs and is aimed at companies in the Northern Powerhouse regions, including South Yorkshire.

All regions that are due to be visited are considered markets with established and growing energy sectors that are keen to engage with UK suppliers.

During the visits delegates will have the chance to meet potential clients and attend receptions with VIPs from the energy sector. The delegation will also take part in site visits to key industrial sites and attend specially organised networking receptions.

David Coppock, regional director of UKTI, said: “This initiative will help businesses focus on a number of key markets where, with the support of UKTI and NOF Energy, they will have the opportunity to potentially instigate new commercial arrangements.”

George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, added: “From decades of developing technology-led solutions that have been applied in deep water and harsh environments, the UK’s oil and gas supply chain is seen as the gold standard across the globe. The markets we are targeting have active oil and gas sectors keen to engage with UK businesses.”

For more information on how to join the visits contact Jennifer Smith at NOF energy at jsmith@nofenergy.co.uk