UKTI and Cambridge Airport team up on European export mission


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has enlisted the support of Cambridge Airport to offer an Export Insight Visit early next year, departing directly from the East of England’s flagship business city of Cambridge, to Brussels, home to NATO and the European Union.

The three day trip from Cambridge to Brussels, departing on 4 February 2013, will give UK businesses the chance to develop their knowledge of market opportunities in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg which together make up Benelux, the original single market.  European Export Insight Visits are being organised by UKTI in 2013 to help facilitate understanding of export opportunities and the range of help available to companies to support their international trade ambitions

Designed for new and novice exporters, Export Insight Visits cost just £99 + VAT per delegate. This nominal price includes return flights and accommodation for delegates, informative export-oriented presentations, plus valuable opportunities to network with leading Belgian trade representatives, legal experts, advisors and potential business partners.

With a population of 27.5 million, Benelux is one of Europe’s most important economies, accounting for almost €48 billion in imports from UK businesses last year.  This makes Benelux Britain’s second largest export market.  Just like Cambridge, one of the UK’s most successful business economies and home to numerous cutting-edge international companies and organisations, Brussels itself is more than just an architectural delight for tourists, being the seat of the European parliament and a leading export trade destination for the UK.

Liz Basing, Regional Director for UKTI in the East of England, comments, “This is the first such trip we’ve put together from Cambridge and the city’s very much up-and coming regional – now international – airport.  Brussels is just an hour’s flight and our Export Insight delegates will have rapid access to the excellent business development opportunity that awaits them in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.”

“Cambridge is one of the UK’s best known and truly innovative economies”, said David Surley, head of business development at Cambridge Airport. “It’s really fitting that UKTI have opted to arrange this valuable trade mission from Cambridge Airport as we are so easy to reach from across the East and further afield.  Brussels is un-serviced from our region and just one of several key European cities that are we working with airlines to secure regular service for”.

Ideally located only three miles from the centre of Cambridge, Cambridge Airport offers direct access from London by rail in just 45 minutes and provides a gateway for the East of England and beyond, just off the A14 and only minutes from the national motorway infrastructure.

To register for this Export Insight Visit, businesses should click on for more information, e-mail or call the UKTI East of England team on 0845 641 9955*

* Places on the Export Insights Visit are limited and eligibility conditions apply


About UKTI:

With professional advisers in over 100 international markets, UK Trade & Investment is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK.


About Cambridge Airport:

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. Marshall Group activities which take place at the airport include Marshall Aerospace (engineering and technology), Marshall Executive Aviation (Jet Charter and management) and Cambridge Aeroclub (GA Training and Maintenance). Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. It is also a strong provider to the equine community as it is just 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses. Offering new regular airline and tour operator services to destinations across Europe including France, the Channel Islands and Italy, the airport is ideally positioned for easy access to London. With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services.  It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm and a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system. Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300.

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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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