A series of trade shows and seminars is being held in Birmingham to help the region's manufacturers increase their exports to the United Nations, the World Bank and beyond.
Two businesses clinics will be held on June 28 and 29 to boost the chances of local firms selling their products to the United Nations in New York and the World Bank in Washington.
The events, which are being held at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will give details about the 39 different procuring agencies in the UN, which spend over $4 billion between them each year.
Goods procured by the United Nations in New York include telecommunications equipment; computer hardware and software; vehicles and parts; equipment for the engineering; medical and electrical sectors; office equipment and supplies; general purpose machinery and tools; security and safety equipment and observation equipment.
In 2004, the World Bank provided $20.1 billion in grants and loans to developing countries.
Meanwhile firms are also being urged to join a free interactive breakfast seminar aimed at breaking down the barriers that are stopping them from exporting.
UK Trade & Investment's Birmingham and Solihull international trade team is holding the event, entitled "Get Your Share of the Global Market" on Tuesday, July 5 at the Birmingham Chamber.
Companies will also be introduced to an international trade adviser and have an opportunity for a brief onetoone meeting after the event or on a future date.
International trade adviser Jane Dawson said: "The event is aimed not only at companies that have never exported before, but also at firms that are already exporting but don't know how we can help them.
"We would like attendees to tell us what is preventing them from exporting," he added.
"This could be a lack of knowledge, no overseas contacts, the strength of the pound, or worries about getting paid. n To book a 30-minute slot on either clinic, and for more information about the group visit, contact Claire Gamage from Birmingham international trade team on 0121 607 1759 , or c. gamage@ birminghamchamber.org.uk.
Further details about the export seminar can be obtained from Jane Dawson on 121 450 4205.