opportunities in Chicago will be highlighted this month.

A delegation from the city is visiting the North-East for a breakfast conference to look at export opportunities.

The event has been organised by UK Trade and Investment, in partnership with the British American Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber's executive director, Brendan Murphy, said: "Chicago is one of the most important cities in America.

"It has a central and strategic location, with a thriving business environment, diverse economy and excellent transport infrastructure.

"This event provides an ideal opportunity for companies who are considering exporting to the US, or those already doing so who want to increase their market share, to find out what the greater Chicago area has to offer."

The Chicago delegation will give presentations and advice on the legal, accounting, banking and marketing aspects of doing business in the US.

There will also be a representative from a British company that has opened a sales office in Chicago, who will talk about their experiences.

The conference is in the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle, on Wednesday, April 27, from 8am.

Places are free, but must be booked in advance by contacting Laura Bell, on 0191-375 3346.