Export Hub Roadshow: MP Julia Lopez and the Trade Secretary encourage Havering businesses to embrace exporting
PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:14 06 March 2018
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visited the Queen’s Theatre to talk to Havering businesses about how to make the most out of exporting opportunities.
MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia Lopez organised the Export Hub Roadshow on Thursday, March 1 at the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.
It brought together experts on export finance, local business advisers and banks to provide businesses with the best information on how to expand into growing international markets.
The Hub has been touring the UK as part of the #ExportingisGREAT campaign to boost British exports across the world.
Ms Lopez said: “I wanted to find a practical way of bringing to life the committee work I am doing on trade in Parliament and show 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.”
The Department for International Trade has built a digital trade portal to match businesses to market opportunities, expanded the UK’s network of overseas trade posts and given banks the ability to provide UK Export Finance directly to reduce the upfront cost of exporting.
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.”
After the Export Hub Roadshow, Ms Lopez met with Michael Roomes, of Roomes Furniture & Interiors in Upminster, and St Andrew’s ward campaigner, Richard Rimkus to discuss domestic trade issues.