‘What is being done to help firms export?’

MP Michael Fallon.
MP Michael Fallon.

A Coalition minister has urged Morecambe firms to use support from a Government department following a question from the town’s MP David Morris.

Mr Morris asked Michael Fallon MP, minister for business, innovation and skills, what steps had been taken by UK Trade and Investment to help export business in Morecambe and the wider area.

In response, Mr Fallon said UKTI was committed to helping employers in the district expand into new markets.

He told Mr Morris: “Since April 2013, UKTI has provided bespoke support for 32 separate businesses in my honourable friend’s constituency, which includes nine companies on the Passport to Export international trade development programme.

“In this same time period, UKTI has delivered 1,714 services to 650 businesses across all of Lancashire.

“I would encourage all Morecambe businesses to take advantage of the support available from UKTI.”

Mr Fallon said free events had been planned across the North West during Export Week, which took place last week, and throughout the International Festival for Business in Liverpool in June and July.

He added: “We want to work with MPs to participate in promotion events in their respective constituencies.”