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UKTI Announces Export Champions For 2016

Bolton firm amongst new intake

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has announced its new Export Champions for 2016.


Export Champions are a group of business leaders in the North West tasked with raising the profile of exporting throughout the region, helping others to develop opportunities and fulfil their global potential.


The initiative was first developed by UKTI in 2013, and is unique to the North West. The 2016 intake comprises 26 new companies, from a games developer based in Cheshire to a Cumbrian LED manufacturer, taking the total number of Export Champions to 85.


These companies range in size and span an array of sectors, but all share a willingness to offer encouragement and peer to peer support to fledgling exporters.


Among those joining the ranks is Sherwin Williams, which develops, manufactures and sells coatings and industrial related products and has a Bolton HQ.


The new Export Champions were welcomed at a dinner hosted at the Royal Northern College of Music. The event featured a panel discussion with Clive Drinkwater, North West regional director for UKTI, and longstanding Export Champions Glen Cooper of ATG Access Ltd and Graham James of Flexcrete Technologies Ltd, who both reflected on the benefits exporting can bring.


Clive Drinkwater commented: “Since its launch in 2013 the Export Champions programme has been a huge success, and the companies who have taken part have done a brilliant job of bringing to life the support UKTI can offer businesses looking to export.


“Export Champions are an integral part of our strategy, and those involved are businesses who inspire and motivate those inexperienced in international trade, both by promoting the benefits of export through their own success and by sharing knowledge and experience. British goods and services are wanted around the world and we need more exporters in the North West and throughout Britain to meet this demand.


“I am thrilled that Sherwin WIlliams is now an Export Champion and look forward to working them in the coming year. With the International Festival for Business taking place in June this is an incredibly exciting time for business in the region, and with so many companies spreading the word about the value of exporting there will be a wealth of inspiration for businesses looking to make their mark on the global stage.”

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