• Doncaster Chamber export support services on the up, despite Brexit uncertainty

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    July 30, 2019
    Between April and June, Doncaster Chamber has supported local businesses to export goods worth 34% more in value than the quarterly average for 2018-19, despite the economic uncertainty of Brexit.

    Stefan Rodgers, Commercial Director at Doncaster Chamber, said: “There is currently a limited number of companies from the Doncaster area that trade overseas. Given the current economic climate, this increase in the level of support provided by the Chamber shows that we are in a position to be seen as the go to place for International Trade documentation and support in the borough.

    “As a Chamber we’re here to support local companies and provide specialist advice on a number of topics, including International Trade. We currently offer specialist business support for exporting and in the coming months we will be expanding to also provide importing expertise and guidance.

    The news follows the publication of the Doncaster Chamber quarterly business survey: Doncaster Business Insight, which shows that overseas sales figures for just under 50% of respondents have increased since the previous quarter. Figures from the survey show that Brexit is still a critical factor, with 27% of respondents stating that it was more of a concern to their business now that it had been three months ago.

    Dan Fell, CEO at Doncaster Chamber, said: “The positive trend in exports from Doncaster represents more positive news for Doncaster’s economy.  We have recently seen a record year for house building, recognition that Doncaster is in the top five places in the UK for private sector job creation and employment is at a twelve year high.

    “Despite this momentum, we must – however, recognise that Doncaster is coming from a comparatively low base and still wrestling with issues such as a low percentage of knowledge intensive businesses, a shortfall of highly skilled jobs and a comparative lack of high growth SMEs.  For this reason, Doncaster continues to be at disproportionate risk to major economic shocks compared with other areas of the UK.

    “An unplanned and disorderly no deal Brexit would be such a shock to the system.  The Chamber is therefore joining many other organisations in calling for the new Prime Minister to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit.  Whilst Chamber members voted both for and against leaving the EU, the majority will, however, be united in not wanting Doncaster to suffer from significant economic shocks beyond the borough’s control; this is particularly the case when there is so much to be positive about locally, including this recent uplift in international trade figures.”

    To view the Q2 2019 survey results, visit the Doncaster Business Insight page of our website.

    To find out more about export support available form Doncaster Chamber, visit the International Trade pages of our website.
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