Lancashire businesses have been urged to follow the example of successful firms across the county and start to sell overseas.
Paul Stowers, NW Acting Regional Director for the Department for International Trade, said his team remain ready to support firms in Lancashire seeking to export goods and services across the globe.
“The government department has worked alongside a number of firms throughout the region to support them in developing an export strategy for sustainable business growth”.
“DIT NW is proud to be supporting the Exporter of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. Paul said: “Lancashire has been fertile ground for exporting for generations and we are proud to be working with firms making millions of pounds in sales across the globe. However, it’s vital that we engage with more Lancashire businesses, particularly those who do not export but probably should. Doing business overseas can lead directly to growth, improvements in efficiency levels and ideas for new products and services. Yet only about 11% of businesses export anything beyond our borders, despite many having a product or service that is export ready. As the world becomes ever more globalised the potential for businesses of all sizes to reach out to new customers and lucrative new markets beyond the UK has never been greater. A business selling only in the UK is missing huge market potential”.
“Through DIT we have not only helped identify and establish firms in foreign markets, we have worked with them to overcome export challenges and have also introduced them to partners who have helped them to flourish”.
“The BIBAs has put the spotlight on so many great exporters in Lancashire in recent years and we are proud to continue to support and inspire the next generation of exporters.”