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Midlands businesses take-off

Posted on: Tuesday 28 May, 2019

A group of Midlands businesses credited with export success by the Department for International Trade (DIT) have been recognised as Export Champions at an event held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

The 56 leading exporters were selected by DIT for their inspirational approach to growing their businesses through exporting. The appointments come at a time when worldwide appetite for British goods continues to grow, with UK exports up 2% in 2018.

The Head of Exports for DIT in the Midlands Ian Harrison said: “The Midland’s new Export Champions embody global ambition and they are the best candidates to inspire and guide other local businesses on their exporting journey. We’re proud to have them on board and part of a nationwide programme designed to encourage more businesses to grow through exporting by sharing their own experiences.

“We have a wealth of successful exporters across the region and I would encourage them to join the wider community by signing up as Export Advocates. By sharing their export stories via online channels, they will also be part of Exporting is GREAT, the government’s most ambitious exporting campaign ever.”

The Champions will offer practical advice on how to turn exporting ambitions into a reality utilising their experience and offer guidance on how DIT can help them break into new markets.

The Midlands’ Export Champions include Malvern-based jewellery maker Beach Art Glass and Loughborough’s Morningside Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures and supplies medicinal products.

The national Export Champion community, launched in March as part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, was introduced in response to a desire from businesses to receive peer-to-peer exporting support. There are now 250 Export Champions active across England, and DIT’s ambition is to expand the programme to at least 1,000 Champions by April 2020.

DIT is inviting businesses wanting to take their first steps towards exporting to become an Export Advocate. Export Advocates will form part of an online exporting community where they can ask questions about overseas trade, get advice on overcoming barriers, and find out about specific support available.

To find information on current opportunities with DIT, see great.gov.uk or contact: DIT West Midlands, wmenquiries@mobile.trade.gov.uk and 0345 222 0159.

Written By: James Ashwood | Tuesday 28 May, 2019

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