HSBC Holdings Plc and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) have signed a joint initiative to help UK exporters of all sizes capitalise on trade opportunities in 2009.

The joint HSBC/UKTI initiative is aimed at providing training events and additional trade assistance for businesses looking to enhance their ability to grow their international export business.

A series of international trade workshops will take place across the UK and have been developed by HSBC and UKTI to help demystify the processes of doing business internationally and advise on the requirements and paperwork needed to successfully trade overseas.

Key benefits that the new initiative offers UK exporters include:
*A series of educational events specifically tailored for smaller UK exporters.
*Specific industry and/or geographical region programme focus.
*Comprehensive support for outward trade missions.
*Advice and guidance on key issues in relation to financing international trade from UKTI Trade advisers and HSBC managers
*Guidance for business owners, leaders and finance managers interesting in international trade

Stuart Nivison, HSBC’s head of Trade and Supply Chain, Europe, said: “HSBC is the leading bank for international business in Europe.

“With our global reach and local expertise, we are well placed to help British exporters reduce their risks as they look to sell their goods and services to new buyers and new markets.

“In the current environment, with reduced domestic demand and a weaker sterling, our customers are increasingly looking overseas for new sales opportunities and are asking for our help to mitigate the risks involved.

“We are delighted to be joining forces with UKTI, one of the foremost agencies dedicated to fostering international trade anywhere in the world, to help UK exporters understand the current environment and how to grow their business while protecting their own company.”

*Businesses who are interested in attending the international trade workshops should telephone 0800 7831 300.