The Italian Job
This month, Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce hosted a trade delegation from the town of Lonigo. Whilst Lonigo as a town is smaller than Eastbourne, its environs covers some 120,000 inhabitants and is in the Vicenza region with links to Lake Garda, Bologna, Venice and Verona.
The delegation included the town’s mayor, Luca Restello who is focused on increasing the town’s hospitality and tourism sector as well as encouraging his students to study in England.
The delegation was organised following a visit by members of the Chamber of Commerce to Lonigo in March, where they were part of the 531st annual town’s fair and festival.
Stephen Holt, Business Development Manager said “It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome the Mayor and his team to our town. Their trip has included the best that our town and County have to offer, including tours of vineyards, our colleges and galleries”.
The tour was timed to coincide with Eastbourne’s tennis tournament to showcase the town in all its glory and included a reception with Eastbourne Borough Council.
“We are delighted that already, our members are finding ways of doing business with Lonigo and are confident that there are more trading links to be made. For example, Lonigo’s economy is largely agricultural and there are many established schools in the area that are looking to place their students in our colleges.”
“The trip also included a briefing by the Department for International Trade which reminded us of the support that businesses can receive should they export. The British Brand is highly respected across the world. Don’t forget, you don’t have to ‘make’ something to sell it - you can sell your services or your skills. In the uncertainty caused by BREXIT the business relationships we develop internationally become ever more important to remind people that business is still to be done!”
For free guidance on how to export go to https://www.export.great.gov.uk/
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