Business leaders in Suffolk outline new action to drive up exports

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

New action is being taken by Suffolk’s business leaders to drive up exports from the region.

The move is being spearheaded by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which has unveiled a range of services to help firms overcome some of the hurdles of trading overseas.

This will make a major difference to businesses in Suffolk looking to export.

John Dugmore, chief executive

John Dugmore, the chamber’s chief executive, said: “There is a great deal of experience and ambition when it comes to exporting from Suffolk.

“Our new services, offered under the banner of Suffolk Chamber International, will build on that while ensuring the opportunities to export for many firms for the first time can and will become a reality.

“They will make a major difference to businesses in Suffolk looking to export, be that for the first time or a seasoned exporter looking at new markets.

“It means our county, its business and its business leaders will once again be leading the UK’s push for continued economic growth and success.”

The new services were unveiled as part of the UK’s National Export Week.

Mr Dugmore said: “We share the Government’s ambition to see the current one in five businesses exporting become one in four. We believe our services and global connections will play a key role in achieving this in Suffolk.”

Suffolk Chamber International will look build on the chamber’s existing export services.

There will be five aspects to the new service, including export readiness, covering training and risk management, export finance, getting goods to market, access to international markets and international marketing knowledge.