Maria Caulfield MP has met with the Secretary of State for International Trade to discuss the opportunities available for local businesses to export.

In the South East in the 12 months leading up to September 2019 the value of exports from the South East was £47.3 billion, which was up 2.4% on the previous year, showing the strength of goods produced in the region. Between July and September 2019 there were 18,334 businesses across the South East exporting goods from the UK to the rest of the world.

As the Government prepare to leave the EU they are wanting to encourage more businesses to look at how exporting can open their business to new markets and help them to grow. The Department for International Trade are looking to show businesses of all sizes from all regions in the UK what the Government can do to help them start to export or to increase their exporting, either in volume or to new destinations.

Maria Caulfield MP has been in discussions with the Department of International Trade regarding holding a trade workshop in the Lewes constituency to showcase international trade to the local businesses.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Working with the Department for International Trade I have seen the great opportunities that are available to local businesses here in the constituency and the amount of help that they can be given by the Department. I am looking at holding an event in the constituency to bring these businesses together with international trade experts to help get local businesses exporting.

"As a constituency we are in a prime location for local businesses to be able to export with Newhaven Port within the constituency and are close to Gatwick Airport, so I want to make sure that local businesses can grasp the opportunities available to them.”