THE Department for International Trade will be chairing a panel discussion and sharing tips and expertise on making the most of Lancashire’s export opportunities.

Taste Lancashire 2017 will bring together food entrepreneurs, agricultural leaders, international trade experts and influencers from the hospitality industry to challenge, inspire and celebrate Lancashire’s food economy with delegates drawn from the county’s food & drink sector businesses.

According to HMRC statistics, food and drink exports from the North West grew by 16 per cent in 2016, to £1.6 billion. Companies who sell overseas are likely to be 34 per cent more productive and 11 per cent more likely to survive than those that don’t. There is no better time for Lancashire-based companies to take advantage of the support and expertise offered by the Department for International Trade.

Lynne Gillen, International Trade Team Leader, for the Department for International Trade said, “By sharing the experiences of companies already active in international markets, this event will demystify the process of selling overseas and open up a whole world of opportunity for Lancashire.”

Tickets for the event, on Wednesday, September 6, at Holmes Mill, and are now on sale at and are valued at £40, (£25 for Members of Marketing Lancashire).