Chief executives, managers and directors from a group of East of England exporting businesses have been recognised as Export Champions by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The 25 people have been selected by DIT for their inspirational approach to expanding their businesses through exporting, or for championing exporting in their region.

Champions will encourage local companies to start exporting, offer practical advice on how to turn exporting ambitions into reality and share their experiences of how DIT helped them break into new markets.

Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery said: “Through this programme we will continue to work with local businesses to provide expert support and advice, helping business in the East of England take advantage of the largest and fastest growing global markets, where there is high demand for quality British goods.”

Last year alone, he went on, exports to the United States from the East of England were worth £3.84 billion, highlighting the potential opportunities available for the region’s businesses to make the most of rapidly growing demand for British products.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) figures show that exports from the East of England generated more than £28 billion of income for the UK in 2018, highlighting the opportunity for British businesses to gain greater access to some of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world.

The new Export Champions include Julie Deane from The Cambridge Satchell Company which has nearly half (47%) of its current turnover coming from exports to over 120 countries world-wide, including key markets such as the United States and China.

Last reviewed 10 May 2019