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Joff Sharpe is one of Britain’s more colourful businessmen. Unusual entries on his CV include: a year living amongst the Iban headhunters of Borneo, running an internet company for Rupert Murdoch and being Piers Morgan’s HR director.

Now the ex-SAS officer is returning to Hereford as guest speaker for the Business Growth & Export Show 2019 being held at Hereford Racecourse on March 19.

This is a free business breakfast networking event from the Marches Growth Hub, the one-stop-shop for business support in Herefordshire, which will also see the Department for International Trade’s Export Hub truck rolling into town to help businesses looking to start or expand their international trade ambitions.

The event includes an expo of organisations offering support to help businesses grow including how to access grant funding to grow your business both at home and abroad.

Two types of tickets are available:

– Business Growth & Export Show, networking breakfast with Joff Sharpe

– DiT Session on the Export Truck (limited to 30 places), Business Growth & Export Show and networking breakfast with speaker. The DiT session is aimed at new and established exporters with a service or product they wish to sell overseas.

Agenda

8am – 8.30am Arrival, breakfast and networking

9am -10am Guest speaker (Joff Sharpe) and Q&A

10am – 10.45am Business expo featuring exhibitors who can help support business growth and export, networking, tea and coffee, hub truck open for drop-in visits.

10.45am – 12noon Hub Truck session (limited to 30 guests).

DiT’s International Trade Advisors will explain how they can help you start or expand your export programme. The session will also feature a local company sharing its success story of taking business overseas. You can also hear about the European grant funding available specifically to support your export growth.

For more information about the event, contact Lyndsay Francis, Marches Growth Hub, by emailing Lyndsay.Francis@herefordshire.gov.uk or calling 01432 383633.

THERE MAY BE LIMITED EXHIBITION SPACES FOR BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING OTHER BUSINESSES TO TRADE. PLEASE CONTACT LYNDSAY FRANCIS AS ABOVE IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN EXHIBITOR. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO COMPANIES DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN OVERSEAS TRADE SUCH AS TRANSLATION SERVICES/LOGISTICS/SPECIALIST LEGAL OR MARKETING SUPPORT ETC.