Exporters at the heart of trade talks

Businesses in Lancashire can take heart from the Government’s commitment to putting small and medium-sized firms as a key part of UK-US trade negotiations, according to one of the county’s top exporters.

Mick Mayor, of Team Leyland International which exports high quality vehicle parts across the globe, said the UK had committed to helping more SMEs to grow their trade with partners on the other side of the Atlantic.

He said the Government needs to deliver on the high ambitions it has set for these talks which got underway earlier this month with negotiators communicating by video link due to the travel restrictions in place.

Team Leyland International is sponsoring the Exporter of the Year category at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, The BIBAs, which has 20 categories open for applications until the end of July.

Mr Mayor said: “It will be particularly important for the UK to get the details right over the coming months to ensure that any prospective agreement delivers tangible benefits to businesses and communities across the UK.

“Companies will welcome the focus on making it easier for more UK SMEs to grow their trade with partners in the US, and on finding ways to move goods, people and data across borders between the two countries more smoothly.”

The British Chambers of Commerce has said it will be “working constructively” with the Government to ensure all sectors of the business community are considered in negotiations with the US and the other key trading partners when talks will begin post-Brexit.

Last September, chemicals business Evans Vanodine was named the Exporter of the Year at the 2019 BIBAs and entries are being received again for this year’s award.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the BIBAs’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, extended the application window enabling firms more time to complete their entries.

All applications should be completed online at www.thebibas.co.uk and submitted by Friday, July 31.

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Closing Date: 27th March 2020