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Julie Sankey, International Trade Executive at the Chamber

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Thu 24th, May

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

Julie Sankey. I have been with the Chamber since January 2014 working in various aspects of International Trade. I am currently the lead for the New Markets 2 funding programme which provides financial support for companies who are exporting, including costs of flights, accommodation and exhibiting at international trade shows. If you think you might be eligible you can find out more information here.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

Whilst there is support for new and start-up businesses at both a national and regional level, many businesses struggle with the paperwork – so any reduction in red tape and bureaucracy would be a real bonus!  

What does a typical working day look like?

Each day comes with a new set of priorities. In supporting a small business to apply for funding through the New Markets 2 programme, I need to understand what their business objectives are as well as ensuring they understand the eligibility criteria and what the funding covers. They often require wider support and information on exporting more generally and I will refer them to colleagues in the Department for International Trade. I am always looking for opportunities to promote the programme to make sure as many businesses benefit before it comes to an end in September 2018. I get a real sense of personal satisfaction being in a position to provide support for small businesses, helping them to grow through developing new markets.  

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today! Be decisive in pursuing what you want from life, but don’t be afraid to change direction either.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Ideally walking up a hill in the Lake District.

Last weekend I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Liverpool. My chosen charity was Genie in the Gutter who support people from all walks of life who suffer from substance misuse and mental health issues.

Who is your role model in business?

Anyone who has the drive, confidence, determination and tenacity to start up their own business and succeed.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

Liverpool has its own clear identity and culture which make the people great to work with. It has a wealth of history and has easy access to gorgeous countryside in North Wales, the Peak & Lake Districts.

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