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Dutch event-1Almost 50 Kent business people headed to Manston Airport and got some practical advice on how to unlock trade opportunities in Holland, an export market worth more than €27.5bn a year to the British economy.

The ‘Doing Business in the Netherlands’ seminar, organised by UK Trade & Investment and Air France KLM, in collaboration with Kent International Business and the 2 Seas Trade Project, outlined how Kent companies could develop business in the Netherlands.

The event, which aimed to persuade Kent companies to look at exporting to, or importing from, Holland, the UK’s third largest trading partner, follows the launch of KLM’s service from Manston Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol in April.

Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston Airport, and a guest speaker at the seminar, said: “We know there is trade to be done in Amsterdam. Almost a quarter of our passengers are travelling for business, both to Amsterdam and beyond. They also benefit from being able to access our business lounge. And with a twice daily service it’s possible to visit much of mainland Europe and return the same day if needed.”

Also attending the event were representatives from the eight Kent businesses who are preparing to attend the Aquatech Trade Fair in Amsterdam on 6-7 November, thanks to Kent’s 2 Seas Trade Project, supported by the EU’s Interreg IVA fund. The Kent delegation, which will fly from Manston to the event, will be looking to promote their high-tech skills in water monitoring, sensoring and detection, treatment and management.

Lewis Scott, Regional Director for UKTI South East commented: “The Dutch market is one of the most open and internationally-orientated in the world. English is widely spoken and opportunities for trade are plentiful in all sectors. This makes the Netherlands an ideal environment for UK businesses wanting to expand their operations overseas.”

Michiel Veldhuizen, Head of UK Trade & Investment the Netherlands, focused on the trade opportunities on offer to Kent companies and he was joined by Warner Rootliep, Managing Director of Air France KLM for UK & Northern Ireland.

Almost 50 Kent business people headed to Manston Airport and got some practical advice on how to unlock trade opportunities in Holland, an export market worth more than €27.5bn a year to the British economy.

The ‘Doing Business in the Netherlands’ seminar, organised by UK Trade & Investment and Air France KLM, in collaboration with Kent International Business and the 2 Seas Trade Project, outlined how Kent companies could develop business in the Netherlands.

The event, which aimed to persuade Kent companies to look at exporting to, or importing from, Holland, the UK’s third largest trading partner, follows the launch of KLM’s service from Manston Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol in April.

Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston Airport, and a guest speaker at the seminar, said: “We know there is trade to be done in Amsterdam. Almost a quarter of our passengers are travelling for business, both to Amsterdam and beyond. They also benefit from being able to access our business lounge. And with a twice daily service it’s possible to visit much of mainland Europe and return the same day if needed.”

Also attending the event were representatives from the eight Kent businesses who are preparing to attend the Aquatech Trade Fair in Amsterdam on 6-7 November, thanks to Kent’s 2 Seas Trade Project, supported by the EU’s Interreg IVA fund. The Kent delegation, which will fly from Manston to the event, will be looking to promote their high-tech skills in water monitoring, sensoring and detection, treatment and management.

Lewis Scott, Regional Director for UKTI South East commented: “The Dutch market is one of the most open and internationally-orientated in the world. English is widely spoken and opportunities for trade are plentiful in all sectors. This makes the Netherlands an ideal environment for UK businesses wanting to expand their operations overseas.”

Michiel Veldhuizen, Head of UK Trade & Investment the Netherlands, focused on the trade opportunities on offer to Kent companies and he was joined by Warner Rootliep, Managing Director of Air France KLM for UK & Northern Ireland.

photo details: (L-R): Warner Rootliep of Air France KLM for UK & Northern Ireland, Melanie Immink of UKTI, Emma Bartley of the 2 Seas Trade Project and Charles Buchanan of Manston Airport.

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