Yorkshire and the Humber businesses have increased their export sales by 8.7% for the year ending March 2018. The total value of exports reached £16.9bn according to HMRC figures.
In addition, more companies in the region have started to exploit the benefits of exporting and make international trade work for their business. Figures for the first quarter of 2018 show that there are now more than 7,400 exporters in the region; a 3.5% increase compared to the same period last year.
Mark Robson, head for UK Regions in Yorkshire and the Humber at Department for International Trade, said: “These statistics are a testament to the strong demand for Yorkshire and the Humber’s goods overseas and to the success of our region’s businesses in capitalising on the wealth of opportunity for growth abroad.
“Although we know exporting can boost profitability and increase resilience, we also know the process is not without its challenges. We have a team of 29 International Trade Advisers in Yorkshire and the Humber on hand to help firms across the region of all sizes tackle barriers such as logistics, customs and language.
“There is support available, and I’d urge anyone interested in seeing where exporting can take you to get in touch.”