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University is gateway for businesses.

Coventry University is providing the gateway for businesses to the oil-rich Sultanate of Oman. A VIP delegation from the Oman met at the university's Technocentre earlier this month to sign a historic free trade agreement for a 'Soft Landing Zone' in the Middle Eastern country - meaning access to office space, and free advice and support on building business.

In return the Technocentre will host companies from Oman who are interested in developing their business operations in the UK.

The UK Soft Landing Zone programme has been set up by Coventry University Enterprises in partnership with government body UK Trade and Investment in order to establish a network of British incubator offices around the globe.

The offices, located on key university science parks, will be open to UK companies who are either considering or are at the early stages of undertaking international business.

In addition to desk space in a dedicated office - complete with IT services, telephone answering and post forwarding - businesses signing up to the programme will also be able to take advantage of a number of support services. Each company will be allocated a dedicated business support officer to advise or call in expertise on all practical issues of doing business in a particular country.

The other key locations include Malaysia, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, Romania and Sweden.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 14, 2007
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