To round off a successful year of export support to Essex businesses, Essex Chambers of Commerce took members to the House of Commons for their International Trade Forum with the Rt Hon, Liam Fox, Secretary of State for international Trade.
Co-hosted with Witham MP, Rt Hon Priti Patel, the event gave members the opportunity to hear first-hand about Government plans to boost support for exporters and open up new markets once the UK has left the European Union in March 2019.
Speaking after the event Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said “This Forum couldn’t have been held at a more opportune moment for our exporters and I was grateful to Dr Fox for making time to hear first-hand from businesses about their day to day experiences in exporting and what they are looking for from his department”
Jane Rose, Head of International Trade at Essex Chambers of Commerce, added “From talking to our customers we know that that there are concerns and mixed views in the business community about the possible impact of Brexit so this was an ideal opportunity for them to make those known to the Minister”
The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP also commented “I was delighted to host the Essex Chambers of Commerce in Parliament once again for another meeting of the Essex International Trade Forum and I am grateful to the Secretary of State for attending to outline the Government’s trade policy”.
“It was fantastic to see so many local businesses represented and have the opportunity to question the Secretary of State directly. Given our strategic location, with a number of ports and airports, Essex is a gateway for international trade and our local businesses rightly want to take advantage of the growing trading opportunities available to them.
“We had an engaging and positive discussion on the future of international trade as the UK leaves the European Union and I am delighted that the Secretary of State has offered his assistance to some businesses to help them identify key international markets for future exporting opportunities.
“I will ensure that we maintain a continual dialogue with the Secretary of State and the Department for International Trade on the matters raised at the meeting this evening so that the views and aspirations of our outstanding Essex businesses will continue to be heard loud and clear by the highest levels of Government.”