UK govt on trade mission to boost food exports
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UK govt on trade mission to boost food exports

16 September 2013

The British government's Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is currently on a trade mission to Russia where he is attempting to boost British food and drink exports.

He is leading a delegation of companies from the sector, including Hawkshead Relish Company and Clipper Tea, which are hoping to open up more trade with the country.

Since the turn of the 20th century, British food and drink exports to Russia have grown by 220% and now stand at £121m, but this figure could continue to rise.

"The businesses joining me in Moscow are trading on the back of Britain’s global reputation for quality. With demand for Western food and drink increasing across the world, there’s no better time to venture into new export markets," said Mr Paterson.

"Aspiring entrepreneurs should have every opportunity to realize their ambitions overseas. Demand for UK food and drink in Russia is growing, I will do all I can to ensure we capitalize on this opportunity."

Maria Whitehead, the co-owner and director of Hawskhead Relish Company, is hoping that the company can lead by example and encourage other businesses to follow them in exploring the export market.

Mr Paterson is keeping a diary of his trade mission in Russia, which began on Monday (September 16th), revealing that on his first day he met with UK businesses operating in Russia's environmental sector to see how Russia is embracing UK expertise in this field.

He found that one of the key challenges to exporting abroad is regulation.

"Navigating this complex system is proving difficult for some so I’m keen that we work with the Russian authorities and the Embassy to make the whole process work better for the environment and business," Mr Paterson added.

For businesses considering exploring their export options in Russia, TMF Group has local offices where dedicated staff have the expertise to help your business navigate complex regulation.


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