'˜Sell overseas for successful growth'

Lancashire businesses have been urged to follow the example of successful firms across the county and start to sell overseas.

Clive Drinkwater, NW Regional Director for the Department for International Trade, said his team remain ready to support firms in Lancashire seeking to export goods and services across the globe.

The government department, renamed from UK Trade & Investment in 2016, has worked alongside a number of firms throughout the region to support them in developing an export strategy for sustainable business growth.

DIT NW is proud to be supporting the Exporter of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which was won by Nature’s Aid, the Kirkham-based vitamins, minerals and supplements supplier, in 2016.

Clive said: “Lancashire has been fertile ground for exporting for generations and we are proud to be working with firms making millions of pounds in sales across the globe. However, it’s vital that we engage with more Lancashire businesses, particularly those who do not export but probably should.

“Through DIT we have not only helped identify and establish firms in foreign markets, we have worked with them to overcome export challenges and have also introduced them to partners who have helped them to flourish.

“The BIBAs has put the spotlight on so many great exporters in Lancashire in recent years and we are proud to continue to support and inspire the next generation of exporters.”

The Exporter of the Year category is one of 18 prizes up for grabs at the awards which are open for applications until the end of March.

Visit thebibas.co.uk for further details and to enter.

All entries will be eligibility-checked and whittled down to a shortlist for each