Export Hub in Hornchurch
International Trade Secretary, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP visited the Export Hub at the Queen’s Theatre, in Hornchurch, last Thursday (March 1), despite the snow and ice, to talk to Havering businesses about how to make the most of exporting opportunities as Britain gets ready to leave the EU.
The Enquirer had the opportunity to attend the event and see the Trade Secretary speaking at the Export Hub roadshow, organised by the Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez as an extension of her work on parliament’s International Trade Committee.
The Export Hub bus brought together experts on export finance, as well as local business advisers and banks, to give Havering businesses the best information on how to expand into growing international markets.
The event was supported by Queen’s Theatre and Barclays Hornchurch, and was attended by some fantastic local businesses including awarding-winning Havering digital services firm, Respondit.
The Hub has been touring the UK as part of the #ExportingisGREAT campaign to boost British exports across the world. The export of UK goods increased by 15.9 per cent in the year to October 2017 to £617 billion, and order books for British manufacturers are now stronger than at any time since August 1988.
Mrs Lopez said: “I wanted to find a practical way of bringing to life the committee work I am doing on trade in parliament and showing local businesses how to be part of the positive story on trade.
“A lot of small businesses are intimidated by the idea of exporting or unaware of the kinds of commercial opportunities out there. Once our future relationship with the EU is negotiated, I hope we can secure exciting trade deals with new partners but the opportunities are already out there now for local businesses and the department has a range of tools to help take advantage of them.”
Dr Fox said: “Brexit is not a time bomb to be defused but a great opportunity to be embraced. I am delighted to see the enthusiasm of so many Havering businesses in working with my department to expand into the world and carve out Britain’s slice of the world’s growing markets.
by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE