Celebrating Local Success in Export Week

May 12, 2014

Worcester MP, Robin Walker has long been championing the cause of local exporters and today asked a question in Parliament about the success of local firm Spectrum Waste, which has recently added to a long list of export markets by making its first sale to China.

Robin asked the Minister for Business what steps he is taking to promote trade opportunities in high-growth markets and the Minister explained that the Government was increasing its support for medium sized businesses to reach fast growing markets including Latin America, Africa & China. Robin then followed by asking:

“In Export week will the Minister congratulate Worcester firm Waste Spectrum – just such a medium sized business – who have recently achieved their first sale to China and will be despatching one of their specially designed incinerators, made in Worcester, at the end of this month to that fast growing market?

The Minister joined Robin in congratulating the company and went on to praise the work of the Worcestershire Ambassadors, the Chamber of Commerce and Worcestershire’s LEP in supporting a delegation of local businesspeople to visit China two years ago. He welcomed the fact that Robin took part in this delegation and noted that Robin Walker was planning to return to China later this year to further promote local businesses.

Waste Spectrum’s success in China is not the only international achievement of the company. They have already sold their equipment in many European countries, in the Middle East and  Korea and they are soon to be hosting a visit from a visiting Health Minister from Sudan.

This is one of many local companies who have worked with UKTI, the Government’s trade and investment arm, to promote exports. Others include large companies such as Yamazaki Mazak 85% of whose production from Worcester is exported, medium sized ones such as Postcode Anywhere and small businesses such as Caption Data Limited.

Robin helped to host an export event in Worcester with Mazak & UKTI in 2013 and is a member of both the All Party Group for Trade and Investment and the BIS Select Committee which oversees the work of UKTI. Earlier this week he met with Lord Livingstone, the new Minister for Trade to hear about plan to boost export finance and told him about the good work going on in Worcester to promote exports.

Speaking about his question today and the opportunities for local businesses to export, Robin said

“It is fantastic that entrepreneurial businesses based in Worcester and making things in Worcester are reaching out around the world to find new markets. I congratulate Waste Spectrum on their sale to China and their strong record of exporting from Worcester and I encourage all local businesses who haven’t already done so to contact UKTI and see how they could benefit from their support.”

“I was very proud to speak up for Worcester and Worcestershire as part of the Worcestershire Ambassadors delegation to Southern China back in 2012. I hope to have the chance to do so again and I understand that there is cross party support for a second delegation to build on the ties that we have already established. Our University already has strong links with China and many more businesses can benefit from these. I would encourage local businesses to make contact with me, the University, the Chamber or the LEP if they are interested in taking part.”

“We have a wonderful range of world class businesses in this world class County and I hope that the extra help and support the Government is giving to UKTI will help more of them to reach new markets.”

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