We are delighted to announce that Water-to-Go Founder and CEO, Dave Shanks, has been selected by the Department of International Trade as 1 of 25 Export Champions in the East of England who are promoting British export.
To mark the announcement, Dave was invited to attend a launch event at the Moller Centre in Cambridge on Wednesday 1st May. Other Chief Executives, Managers and Directors from a group of East of England exporting businesses were also recognised and invited as Export Champions by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to the event.
I am delighted to announce the expansion of DIT’s export champion programme, with the addition to the network of 25 experienced exporters based in the East of England.
The 25 Export Champions have been selected by DIT for their inspirational approach to growing their businesses through exporting, or for championing exporting in the East of England. As part of the role, champions are also encouraging companies in their region to start exporting, offer practical advice on how to turn exporting ambitions into reality and share their experiences of how DIT helped them break into new markets.
The announcement comes as worldwide demand for British goods continues to grow. HMRC figures show that exports from the East of England generated more than £28 billion of income for the UK in 2018, highlighting the opportunity for British businesses to gain greater access to some of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world.
Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery visited Cambridge to announce the new Export Champions and to discuss opportunities for businesses to increase their exports. As part of the UK’s future independent trade policy, there will be new opportunities for British businesses to gain greater access to some of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world.
British businesses and exporters will play a major role in helping to forge stronger trading relationships as we leave the European Union and take control of our independent trade policy for the first time in over 40 years.
The Export Champion community, launched in March as part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, was introduced in response to a desire from businesses to receive peer-to-peer exporting support. There are now 250 Export Champions active across England, and the Department’s ambition is to expand the programme to at least 1,000 Champions by April 2020. We were delighted to be a part of the event and the campaign to promote British export, especially in the East Of England.
Through the programme we will continue to work with local businesses to provide expert support and advice, helping business in the East of England take advantage of the largest and fastest growing global markets, where there is high demand for quality British goods.
We’re pleased to be strengthening the local economy by selling overseas. It’s very exciting to see Water-to-Go bottles being sold and distributed around the world as we look to make a difference.
We are very proud to be part of the Export Champion Community and to be recognised for making Water-to-Go a global business. You can find out more information and join us in the export community at www.great.gov.uk