POST-Brexit business export opportunities to the United States were discussed in Trafford on Tuesday.

The Bringing North America to the Northern Powerhouse presentation took place at the Department for International Trade (DIT) export hub at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

The event focused on how businesses from across sectors ­— including manufacturing and food and drink ­— could tap into opportunities in North America.

The event also saw experts from DIT in North America ­— including Rebecca Mowat, DIT’s head of trade in Atlanta, Georgia ­— offering practical advice on how firms can succeed in the North American marketplace.

Companies had 20-minute one-to-one meetings with DIT’s North American experts to find how trade with countries such as the USA, Canada and Mexico could benefit their business.

As part of DIT’s campaign, the hub is touring the nation hosting a series of events to help businesses trade overseas.

The events will provide essential information on the benefits of exporting and the key steps and processes that need to be considered. Businesses will also learn about the ongoing support available from DIT.

Paul Stowers, DIT’s head of regions said: “There is currently significant demand for our goods overseas, and North American market no exception.

In fact, exports to the region in the first quarter of 2018 alone totalled an impressive £998 million.

“Although exporting can boost firms’ profitability and increase their resilience, we know that the process isn’t without its challenges.

"The hub’s visit is an invaluable opportunity for businesses across the North West to find out how they can tackle common exporting challenges and identify new opportunities for growth in the lucrative North American market.

"Many North West businesses are already finding export success, and if they can do it, there’s no reason you can’t too.”