New overseas alliance boosts UK exports to Turkey

New overseas alliances boosts UK exports to Turkey
(L-R) Chamber International senior export adviser, David Attia; Chamber International director, Tim Bailey and chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Turkey, Chris Gaunt

Bradford-based overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, has agreed a fourth strategic alliance to help UK companies boost the exports after Brexit.

Seamless support for companies wishing to start or enhance their exports to Turkey will be available through Chamber International’s new partnership with the Istanbul-based British Chamber of Commerce Turkey (BCCT).

The alliance creates a far closer working relationship between the two organisations than usually exists within British Chambers of Commerce global network with a focus on fast- tracking UK exporters to BCCT advisers who will provide tailored support and advice.

Although a long-established export destination for UK companies, British Chamber of Commerce Turkey says the country still holds huge potential for UK businesses in its own right and as a stepping-stone to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets and central Asia.

“We are excited about this new alliance with Chamber International which creates strong joined-up support from Yorkshire to Istanbul to make UK companies’ exports to Turkey as friction and risk-free as possible,” said BCCT Chairman Chris Gaunt.

“Our alliance provides an aligned set of values and services to enhance the export capabilities of Yorkshire companies requiring a head start in this dynamic and diverse market.

“Given Brexit’s unpredictable outcome and the potential disruption exporters will face, it is crucial to ensure UK companies gain this type of support to enable existing trading agreements to continue unhindered and new export opportunities and supply chains are identified so the UK does not lose its overseas market share with a damaging knock-on effect for British businesses and the wider economy.”

Chamber International Director, Tim Bailey, added: “The UK is second only to Germany in terms of Turkey’s largest trading partners and BCCT has an excellent team in place to support UK companies.

“We are keen to hear from companies in construction, design and innovation, defence and security, specialist textiles, fashion design and technology who are looking to sell to Turkey.”