Fylde firms look to overseas markets after MP's support service launches

Fylde coast businesses picked up tips on trading abroad and expansion into overseas markets at the first Fylde Parliamentary Export Programme.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 7:20 am

Fylde MP Mark Menzies launched the programme with the Department for International Trade and said there was still time for business owners to get involved in upcoming events.

More than a dozen businesses of all sizes took part in the first session, hosted online by Mr Menzies.

He said: “We have businesses in Fylde such as BAE Systems and Westinghouse which operate on a huge scale in the global market.

MP Mark Menzies has launched a new service to help Fylde firms target overseas trade

“I held this session to introduce businesses of different sizes to make sure they were aware of all the Government help that is on offer to get businesses trading overseas.

“DiT had plenty of advice for businesses following changes to how we trade with the EU and the rest of the world. Exporting will help us supercharge the economy as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Fuel Security firm TISS Ltd, based on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, attended the meeting as an export champion, selling fuel tank safety products around the world.Mi

chael Sayward owns retailer Millie and Mini on Clifton Street in Lytham, specialising in handmade soy candles, luxury reed diffusers, room sprays, hand wash and hand lotions.

Michael said: “It was a very useful session and has really helped me see how I can expand my business in a way I’d never really considered before. It was good to hear from a Fylde business which had gone through the process before as well.”

James Hall from Melling Performance Springs, which makes high-quality precision springs for the automotive, rail and marine markets and already exports more than 70 per cent of its components, also took part.

He said: “This was an interesting session to take part in and covered a lot of the subjects we have been discussing internally. It helps give us extra confidence in the export market and it was good to go over some of the basics as well.”

Any businesses interested in learning more can email [email protected]

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