MPs host export event to help firms boost international trade post-Covid

By Nick Batten on 9 June, 2021

As part of the Parliamentary Export Programme, exporters in North Wiltshire and Salisbury will have the opportunity to hear about the support available for their businesses at a virtual event hosted by local MPs this Friday (11th June).

Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT), companies will hear directly from MPs and trade experts about how they can expand their business overseas using government support. Wiltshire-based company and Export Champion Chipside will also speak at the event about its success in Australia. 

James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire explained, “My biggest priority right now is to ensure firms have the appropriate guidance and support to get their business back on track after a difficult and challenging year. That’s why I’m thrilled to be hosting this event to support companies to boost their international trade. 

“Whether a firm is an experienced or novice exporter, this event will give them the skills and knowledge to succeed in growing their exports while becoming more resilient.” 

John Glen, MP for Salisbury, said, “It’s great that North Wiltshire and Salisbury are leading on this Parliamentary Export Programme. Businesses need as much help and support as possible right now after a difficult year. 

“This opportunity to learn from experts in international trade should not be missed for firms aspiring to grow and reach new markets over the coming months.” 

Exports are equivalent to nearly a third of the national income, and the UK is the fifth biggest exporter in the world. Agreements have been reached with 67 nations plus the EU, covering £891bn in trade. 

The MPs are determined to help local companies thrive in the high-growth markets of the future, create high-quality jobs, and help the local area recover after the Covid-19 crisis. 

For more information and for businesses to register for the event visit

For further information on DIT’s exporting support and international opportunities, visit

Companies in the South West can find out about their export options and contact one of DIT’s International Trade Advisers by visiting:

Pictured above: James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire