Support available to boost East Lancashire firms export potential

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is leading a drive to bring free government support to more local firms to help them take advantage of export opportunities and to tap into demand for British products from overseas.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson

By organising a series of events through 2021, Mr Stephenson is helping businesses in his constituency find out how they can start or grow international sales and get free government support to do it.

Mr Stephenson is working with the Department for International Trade (DIT), as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme, to help local businesses access the support they need to boost their exporting potential.

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Mr Stephenson said: “Helping local businesses survive and recover from the pandemic is a top priorities. That's why I'm hosting events that can save local jobs and give businesses in my constituency access to information, advice and finance to sell internationally.

“I’m determined to ensure our area does not get left behind and that whatever services are available are provided here to help us get back on our feet after Covid.

“The events being organised are free and all business have to do is register online. Experts and experienced exporters will be online to provide free advice including on government supported working capital and the practicalities of post-Brexit trade."

Whether a business is new to exporting, has exported in the past or is a current exporter, participating in the programme will equip them with the support and tools they need to begin or continue their exporting journey.

Andrew Stephenson is a is a founding member of the Parliamentary Export Programme where selected cross-party MPs organise and chair virtual meetings with experts from business and government.

The North West England Parliamentary Export Programme event for businesses in Pendle will take place on Friday, 19 March at 2:00 pm.

For more information and for businesses to register their interest for future events, click here: