Suffolk has seen a 14 per cent increase in exports for the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year.
It compares to a nine per cent rise across the whole of the East of England.
John Dugmore, chief executive of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce which is leading a campaign to increase exports, said: “We are very pleased with what are excellent figures.
”More importantly we are pleased for firms, large and small, across the county who are either exporting for the first time or increasing the amount of exporting they are doing.”
The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce made 2013 its year of ‘Exporting is Good for Suffolk’ which has
been backed by the Prime Minister and Minister for Business Lord Green.
“The economic environment remains a challenging one which is why we agreed with the Prime
Minister when he said exporting is key to the success of the UK,” John Dugmore continued. “That
is why we have been focusing on exporting and ensuring any business that wants to trade around
the world has the knowledge, access and skill set to do that.”
“An over 14% increase shows that the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of firms in Suffolk
is appealing to a global audience. We’ll build on this and ensure exporting continues to be a
fundamental pillar of our local and regional economy.”