We caught up with James Craft, Internationalisation Adviser, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) here at RTC North to find out why Northern Orbit has been launched…
“I joined RTC North to explore international opportunities for business. I spent 18 months being self employed working in Abu Dhabi and it was during that period that I got to see first hand the benefits of international collaborations. There were so many examples of businesses reaching across borders to seek support and expertise.
“There are so many internationalisation opportunities that exist out there for North East businesses, and there are no barriers when it comes to language or indeed oceans. But upon talking to fellow businesses in the region these are viewed as obstacles too difficult to overcome.
“It’s my role to help businesses navigate the global markets out there and scale their growth by removing these perceived barriers. Every day I am introduced to international opportunities perfectly suited to many North of England businesses and it is merely a matter of highlighting these opportunities and walking businesses through the most efficient and effective routes to market with the knowledge and expertise we as an EEN team hold at RTC.
“EEN represents all sectors and has numerous experts who bring a wealth of experience and valuable connections ensuring SMEs throughout the North of England are exposed to all international opportunities. With the recent growth within the Space, Satellite, Aerospace and Defence sector, we bring you Northern Orbit, an opportunity for businesses to meet with all the North of England Leaders within this sector who are working with us at RTC in collaboration to bring you the very best in industry knowledge, growth opportunities and connections.
“Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest business network bringing together 600 partner organisations in more than 60 countries to help businesses innovate grow and succeed in the international arena. With access 24/7 and the full support of the RTC EEN Advisors, we make going global a simple and smooth growth opportunity for all businesses in the North of England.
“Northern Orbit has been launched for these exact reasons. I want to show North East businesses what EEN has to offer and its aimed at the regions growing Space, Aerospace, and Defence sectors.
“EEN can help a wide range of businesses but we have a great working relationship with the North East of England Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence this showed me the amount of businesses we have active in these sectors and with my support I think we can find a number of international partners for the region.
“EEN supports businesses to enhance their innovations and to commercialise these ideas into opportunity and Northern Orbit will deliver tailored support to growing international businesses with real ambition for growth, if you think your business fits the bill then come along to find out more and how we can help you to launch your own international business journey!
“Why not come along to our launch event so you can witness first-hand the opportunities that exist out there…”