West Midland companies are being urged to beat the economic downturn by discovering the secrets of the UK’s top exporters at a series of free events around the region.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – the Government body that supports British companies trading internationally – is holding five breakfast seminars next month for any West Midland firm interested in developing its export business.

Entitled “Keys to Export Success”, the events, which all run from 8-11.30am, will feature leading UK exporters talking about their successes and mistakes. Dates and venues are as follows:

March 2 – Park Inn Hotel, Telford.

March 3 – Sixways Stadium, Worcester.

March 9 – Birmingham & Solihull Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

March 10 – Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

March 30 – Ramada Hotel, Cannock.

Delegates will learn tips to increase exports, including how to select the best market, maximise overseas sales, avoid cultural clashes, cut down on paperwork and get paid quickly.

Doug Mahoney, international trade director at UKTI in the West Midlands, said: “This is an invaluable opportunity for firms of all sizes across the region.

To book a free place, go to www.chamberinternationaltrade.co.uk.