Cambridgeshire exports up 38.35% as businesses look to do business overseas

Tuesday 15 October 2013

The government’s recent trade mission to China sent a positive message to would-be exporters but if the rest of the country is ‘late to the party’ then Cambridgeshire companies were the first to arrive, according to Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson hit the headlines recently when he told reporters in China that British companies were being fashionably late to the party when it came to the business opportunities offered by the Chinese marketplace.

But figures published by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce show that the value of the export documents it processed in the three months to September 2013 were up 38.35% compared to the same period the previous year. This shows that businesses in Cambridgeshire are already recognising the opportunities abroad and exports are growing at a rapid rate.

John Bridge OBE, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Companies that base themselves in Cambridgeshire often seem to be more innovative and forward-thinking than others across the UK and as a result have always been at the forefront of capitalising on the opportunities offered by the global marketplace. We are really excited to find increasing numbers of companies coming to the Chamber for international trade advice, training and export documentation as they take the first steps towards trading overseas.”

However the figures also show that it continues to be existing exporters that are continuing to benefit rather than new ones, as the number of documents has only increased by eight per cent compared to the 38 per cent increase in the value of those exports.

John Bridge continued: “This just shows that there are opportunities there and the global marketplace is hungry for the goods and services the UK has to offer, we just need to continue to open the doors for companies to take advantage of them. There are very few companies that hold no potential for trading internationally – as one of our members said at an event just last week, he can just as easily email documents to a client in London as he can in Japan.”

The Chamber actively encourages businesses to explore new markets and holds a monthly Cambridgeshire Export Club. This is an invaluable forum to exchange views with other exporters and keep up to date with new developments in a rapidly changing global business environment. The next meeting is on Monday 28 October from 5.00-7.00pm at The Moller Centre, Cambridge.

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