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Rugby Business Festival created to inspire next wave of UK exporters

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will run a series of business events across the UK, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, encouraging businesses to export to participating nations.

The Rugby World Cup, one of the world’s largest sporting events, takes place in England and Wales from 18 September to 31 October. With nearly half a million foreign visitors expected, the UK is set to gain £869 million worth of business benefit from the tournament. 

To capitalise on the global spotlight on the UK as hosts, as well as the huge influx of visitors and senior business people, The Rugby Business Festival 2015 will take place from 16 September 2015 to 31 October 2015

UK Trade & Investment is coordinating a programme of activity across UK regions and overseas markets designed to target the specific business opportunities for British and foreign companies. The programme is being tailored to align with key fixtures across the UK regions, to take best advantage of the volume of visitors. 

UKTI are working with all countries involved in the Rugby World Cup and identifying priority market opportunities for trade and investment. Events at the Festival will aim to show the demand for UK expertise, products and services around the world as well as highlighting the support available for companies who are looking to grow overseas. 

The events are being run in 8 of the 9 UK regions, aligned to the locations of Rugby World Cup fixtures. By attending, companies can: meet trade experts from UKTI’s offices overseas receive practical, tailored advice on exporting learn about business opportunities in other countries talk to potential overseas buyers hear from businesses already exporting about their experiences. 

Events will be focused on exporting to 12 markets, each of whom are participating in this year’s World Cup tournament: 
  • Argentina 
  • Australia 
  • Canada 
  • France 
  • Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • New Zealand 
  • Romania 
  • South Africa 
  • Uruguay 
  • USA 

A full list of events and registration information is available on the dedicated UKTI webpages.
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