Gloucestershire MPs launch new government export drive

Siobhan Baillie

Two Gloucestershire’s MPs have been chosen to launch a new government export drive for companies.

Gloucester’s MP Richard Graham and Stroud’s MP, Siobhan Baillie spoke at the launch of the nationwide campaign. Richard Graham said: ”This was the first event in the whole of the country. It’s great that Stroud and Gloucester are leading on this parliamentary export programme”.

And Stroud’s Siobhan Baillie added: “We have a proud tradition in Stroud of making things, innovating and sharing Gloucestershire’s greatest around the world.”

Richard Graham

Richard Graham said he is now in the tenth year as his third prime minister’s trade envoy-mostly helping business to export to South East Asia.

“We like being the guinea pigs in Gloucestershire, and Siobhan and I were delighted to lead the government’s new export initiative.

“We are doing this as we move from vaccination to recovery. It’s all about business and we can help them grow and create jobs through exporting.

“That is going to be the key to Britain’s recovery, and in Gloucestershire we have so many great companies.

“There are lots of trade opportunities out there-most of the world’s growth will come from outside Europe over the next ten to twenty years”.

The first export event heard of the exporting success and experiences of two Gloucestershire companies: Stroud Tudor Rose International in Stroud and Stewart Golf, which is based in Gloucester

James Monk, commercial director of Business West said: ”Exporting is already an integral part of the region’s successful companies.

“We therefore welcome the support of our local MPs in outlining the opportunities and support available to their constituents”.

If you want to find out about other events across the region visit and search for South West events.

Article with thanks to Nicky Godding at Business & Innovation magazine

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