Fylde firms ‘should set sights on exports’

Clive Drinkwater of UKTI
Clive Drinkwater of UKTI
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The man tasked with boosting international trade in the county has said Fylde firms have what it takes to do business with the world.

Clive Drinkwater, regional director of the Department for International Trade North West, said the county was seeing strong opportunities across the globe, notably in China and Latin America, and vowed to support any businesses seeking to do business around the world.

However, he said there was still not enough businesses exporting and urged more to look at the benefits available to those who do.

The Department for International Trade North West, the new name for UK Trade and Investment, is sponsoring the Exporter of the Year Award at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, one of the biggest business awards in Lancashire.

Mr Drinkwater said: “Lancashire has a strong record of export success across the world, but there are huge opportunities out there for firms to grab with both hands.

“If you take Latin America and the Caribbean as an example, the North West currently exports £353m of goods and services to this region and it is forecasted to continue to grow in the next five years.

“To any business out there which is thinking of exporting, I would say ‘let us support you’.”

The BIBAs has selected the winners of the 19 prizes which will be handed out at its prize-giving ceremony at The Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 16.

Its judging panels have selected the winners of its 17 main prize categories while winners have also been selected for its Most Inspiring Young Person Award and its lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the year.