Hydraulics Online has been invited to be an Export Champion by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade for the second* year running
* [Update 19/04/2021: We are delighted that the Department for International Trade have asked Hydraulics Online to continue as Export Champions once again for a third year into 2022.]
The Export Champion community is part of the Department for International Trade (DIT), Exporting Strategy. The programme was first launched in the North West in 2013, in response to businesses requesting to receive peer-to-peer exporting support. It has grown since and in 2020, there will be up to 150 Export Champions active across the North of England, with Hydraulics Online handpicked from 30,000 registered exporters to join the community for another year.
Stronger in the face of future challenges
Research produced by the DIT shows that exporting businesses are more flexible, agile and resilient than those who do not trade internationally. They achieve higher productivity and go on to be more profitable. Doing business internationally can also help them to learn about new technologies, new ways of doing things and new business trends, helping them to stay ahead of the competition and be stronger in the face of future challenges.
Export Champions include businesses of different sizes and from a wide range of sectors, but what they all have in common is the drive to make the most of the opportunities that international trade can offer – and their willingness to share their knowledge with others. Champions help others fulfil their global market potential. As such, they work with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to assist other businesses on their export journeys and lead by example, as they as they continue to win new international business and reach out to new markets themselves.
A “shining example”
Bev Mullin, DIT’s Deputy Head of Region for the North West, said:
Our Export Champions all display excellence in global ambition, and each is well-placed to help other local businesses explore their own exporting journey. It’s great to have Hydraulics Online on board again as a 2020 Export Champion – they are a shining example, exporting to 130 countries.
Any business looking to enter new markets, or start exporting for the first time, should get in touch with their local DIT International Trade Adviser, where an introduction can be made to Hydraulics Online or our other Export Champions to find out how exporting could help them reach their full growth potential.
Helen Tonks, Hydraulics Online, added:
Spring 2020 has brought unprecedented changes globally; it’s a challenging time for us all. Growing your support network has never been more important.
We are delighted that Hydraulics Online has been invited to be a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion again. You just can’t beat peer-to-peer learning and support, and it’s great to see that the DIT really value the role that we have played in actively inspiring and encouraging other businesses throughout the region in the last 12 months.
Our story is constantly evolving. Our learning and insights continue to strengthen year on year – and we’re more than happy to continue sharing that with others.