Take advantage of huge export market

Gemma Beaton
Gemma Beaton

The Lancaster district has a proud international heritage with many of our companies exporting to every continent.

There are lots of reasons why businesses benefit from exporting. Government statistics show companies that export also perform better at home. On average, productivity increases by 34 per cent in the first year of exporting and firms that export are 12 per cent more likely to prosper in difficult times.

The North West is the biggest exporter in the UK outside London and the South East, while Lancashire is the second largest area in the North West. So the county plays a critical role in the region’s export drive. Europe and the US will always be major markets for Lancashire companies, but the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and MINT economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) represent huge opportunities. 

China is already the region’s third biggest market – so we’re well placed here in Lancashire to take advantage of this seismic swing in the balance of world trade. Because of our areas strong exporting credentials, we provide strong professional support to companies exporting, such as free international trade seminars and coaching through Lancashire LEAP, a support and funding package through BOOST Lancashire. You can find out how to effectively enter overseas markets, develop your business abroad, complete international payment methods and import safely. The chamber will assist and guide you through the minefield of export documentation and certification, ensuring your goods arrive safely.

We also provide information and support on a wide range of topics including export procedures, payment terms, opportunities and trade missions.

If you are exporting for the first time or looking to develop a new market or if you have any export or import queries, contact the Chamber for assistance.

By Gemma Beaton, Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce membership & international trade officer