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Issue:- 10 July 2014

UKTI play to win as 'Business Meet Rugby Legends" at a Japan and Korea event

Clive Drinkwater UKTI North West Regional Director with guest speakers Eamonn McManus Chairman St Helens RL Club;  Jo Ahmed global employer services Deloitte; Alistair Poole MD NGF Europe; Steve Crane CEO Business Link Japan and Barry Leahey sales and marketing director Playdale Playgrounds

THE UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) have teamed up with the International Festival of Business 2014 and St Helens Rugby League club when it hosted a free event aimed at helping UK companies win business in Japan and Korea at the famous Langtree Park Stadium.

UKTI is targeting 'new-to-market' companies from around the UK seeking to internationalise their business for the first time, as well as UK companies already operating in Asia Pacific markets and looking for new opportunities in the wider region.

The event at Langtree Park explored current business opportunities in Japan and Korea, with keynote speakers including the CEO of Business Link, Japan, and John Murphy, Head of Trade Strategy from the British Embassy in Seoul, as well as advice clinics and a language and culture workshop.

UKTI Winning Business in Japan and Korea held at Langtree Park Stadium St. Helens Saints legend and former GB RL captain Paul Sculthorpe with Clive Drinkwater UKTI NW Regional Director right and Barry Leahey Sales and Marketing Director of Playdale Playgrounds.

Afterwards delegates and hosts including Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director, UKTI and companies NGF Europe, Playdale Playgrounds and Barney and Taylor had the chance to see the stadium and meet the Chairman of St Helens Eamonn McManus and rugby legend Paul Sculthorpe MBE.

UKTI Winning Business in Japan and Korea held at Langtree Park Stadium St. Helens Saints legend and former GB RL captain Paul Sculthorpe with Clive Drinkwater UKTI NW Regional Director right and Barry Leahey Sales and Marketing Director of Playdale Playgrounds.

UKTI North West Regional Director Clive Drinkwater said:- "The event was a real success. Japan and Korea are important markets and UKTI can offer targeted assistance and advice to companies looking to trade there. We were able to invite three companies who already trade in the market who were able to share their experiences with the delegates, as well experts from overseas who can help with in-depth market knowledge and connections. I would encourage any businesses hoping to trade in new markets to get in touch with the International Trade Team to see how we can help."

Craig Phillips announced as new ambassador for Checkatrade

TV personality, DIY and construction expert, Craig Phillips, has been chosen by Checkatrade to join them as part of their team of ambassadors. Craig's appointment further highlights his excellent reputation within the trade industry and he supports Checkatrade's dedication to connecting consumers with reputable tradespeople, services and businesses.

Checkatrade is an online business which was established to take the headache out of finding tradespeople for consumers and is completely free to use. Tradespeople must pass strict background checks before they are allowed to become members and have to agree to allow public feedback on their profile. The innovative concept allows consumers much greater peace of mind when engaging a tradesperson, something that is also so important for their latest brand ambassador.

Craig's passion for all things construction and DIY has seen him work in the industry since the age of 18. Since the 1990s, Craig has headed up a series of successful construction businesses, employing over 30 tradespeople at any given time. He has also undertaken a multitude of independent projects, including major structural conversions and new builds.

In 2000, Craig was named the 1st ever winner of Channel 4's iconic 'Big Brother' and his rise to fame has helped him to build on an amazing career as one of the UK's leading DIY and home improvement experts. He has presented and produced over 850 DIY and home improvement shows for a variety of major broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky One, UKTV Style and Discovery Realtime; reaching millions of construction fans in Europe, Korea, New Zealand and the USA.

Craig Phillips says that:- "I am delighted to join the team of Checkatrade ambassadors. It is so important to ensure that consumers can trust and rely on their tradespeople. I can't wait to get involved and spread the word about this brilliant service!"

Kevin Byrne MD and Founder of commented:- "We are delighted that Craig has agreed to be one of Checkatrade's ambassadors and look forward to working with him. Not only has he a great public profile and reputation, but is an expert when it comes to construction and tradespeople. It is important to us that we work only with credible people and having Craig on board as an ambassador reinforces that Checkatrade is providing an excellent, trustworthy service to our users."

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