Following feedback from local businesses the city council is working with partners to provide a range of subsidised training packages.
The first of these, 'Introduction to Export', takes place on the 20th and 21st of February. The seminars are designed to help small or medium sized businesses to understand the terminology, procedures and documentation used in the exporting process.
Councillor Paul James, Leader Gloucester City Council said: "These courses will really help to boost the city's economy.
"Gloucester is establishing itself as a great place to set up, grow and develop a business. 2011 and 2012 were record breaking years for the number of start ups and when figures are available we expect them to show that trend continued in 2013
"According to Experian, there are some 900,000 businesses in the UK which have real potential to start exporting and yet they are still only serving the UK market and businesses are 11% more likely to survive if they export.
"These seminars really show our commitment to local businesses by giving them as much support as we can to grow and succeed."
The one day subsidised seminars are being provided by Gloucester City Council in partnership with Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited (GEL) are available on two dates, the 20th and 21st of February at Twigworth Business Centre from 9:15am – 4:30pm.
Those who attend will gain an overview of the exporting process from first enquiry to order completion and to highlight the possible pitfalls that can await the unwary.
Limited sponsorship is available, allocated on a first come first served basis. To find out if your business is eligible contact GEL.
Bookings can be made online, but in order to be awarded sponsorship of £155 from Gloucester City Council (bringing the course fee to just £50.00), delegates should call GEL on 0845 838 9964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.