Renate Halton has probably more experience in dealing with all aspects of promoting international trade than anyone in the country!
Having worked for Sheffield Chamber of Commerce/South Yorkshire International Trade Centre for nearly 2 decades, and having been head of the SYITC before leaving, she was responsible for overseeing all its activities including the introduction of all support initiatives introduced by different government agencies, to assist and support companies involved in international trade.
Her experience in dealing with supporting companies, to increase their activities in overseas markets, extends from an in depth appreciation and understanding of how to assist companies utilising the different support initiatives available, through to an extensive network of contacts both nationally and internationally who can provide the information and services required.
Since taking up the position of Executive Manager of the South Yorkshire International Trade Forum (SYITF) less than 12 months ago, Renate has had a huge impact on increasing its importance to exporting companies in the region. Through organising events, focusing on key strategic aspects of exporting, not only has membership almost doubled in the last 6 months, but this has also resulted in the Forum attracting new sponsors from key support market sectors. The Forum has already established itself as the most important support agency for international trade in the region.