This week, Stuart Gibbons, Managing Director, and Karolina Wlodarczyk, Head of Export, attended the official launch of the Export Champions for the East of England. Hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the event took place at the Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge University.
Representatives from 22 businesses attended, all which have been awarded the status as an Export Champion in the East of England.
After a welcome address and overview of the Export Champion programme from Thinley Topden, Acting Head, DIT East of England, George Hollingbery, Minister of State, DIT, gave the keynote speech.
Attendees then participated in a roundtable discussion focused on how to encourage an exporting culture.
“This was an excellent, professional event and it has set the focus for much-needed professional development of export in this region,” said Stuart. “As a company we fully support the Export Champions initiative. We are excited about our role and look forward to highlighting the importance of getting more businesses to export and the help available for those wanting to.
“It was a useful opportunity to discuss reviving the Passport to Export programme, or something similar, to encourage private businesses to start exporting. For just a small cost the return for some has been 50-fold, showing it was a great success and a great loss. I look forward to seeing what new ideas are developed in this community.”
Karolina said, “This event was inspirational, informative and a great opportunity to meet other companies successfully exporting and to share our views on improving support for new exporters. I felt proud to be a part of this great project and am looking forward to more events.”
The export community is a network of businesses who advocate for exporting. They share success stories, offer practical advice and lead by example. The Department for International Trade and the export community together offer export guidance, services and support. Learn more at https://www.great.gov.uk/