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Exporters concerned economic conditions will dampen performance

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Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Commenting on the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook published today (Thursday) by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL, Alan Welsh, Policy Manager at the North & Western Lancashire Chamber said:“Whilst it is disappointing to see a slight fall in the trade confidence index in Q2, it should be noted that Chambers are continuing to process export documents at near record levels, suggesting that there is a healthy flow of shipments from the UK to export destinations around the world.

“The results of our latest Quarterly Economic Survey have been encouraging for exporters and show that Lancashire firms have enjoyed increased export sales and orders in the first half of this year.  However, despite this solid performance exporters are keeping a watchful eye on volatile exchange rates, rising inflation, and ongoing skills shortages.

“The government must work with business to strengthen practical on-the-ground support for UK firms that need a helping hand to get into new markets and reach new partners, including face-to-face advice and support. Revitalising the UK’s trade missions and support for businesses to attend trade fairs, as well as expanded front-line assistance, would help get more of our businesses trading competitively on the global stage.

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.