The Secretary of State for Wales has today welcomed the publication of figures which show that Welsh exports for 2011 increased by 13.8 per cent compared to the previous year. The statistics, produced by HM Revenue and Customs, also revealed that the value of exports for Wales for the whole of 2011 increased by £1,629 million compared to 2010.
Welcoming the announcement, Mrs Gillan said:
“Welsh businesses are operating in challenging times and in competitive global markets, so I am delighted to see that so many of them are overcoming these challenges and are making their mark overseas.
“We want to create advantageous conditions for Welsh businesses to thrive and prosper in overseas markets. There are already some great examples of exporting businesses in this country, but I know that many more are keen to be competitive on the world stage and secure lucrative new business and contracts in foreign markets.
“That is why we must continue to work with the Welsh Government, UKTi, Ambassadors and Embassies to ensure that Wales benefits fully from UK Government efforts to increase overseas trade . We are already taking firm steps to improve trade, investment and growth conditions in the economy, including reducing the regulatory burden on businesses in our Red Tape Challenge, and lowering Corporation Tax.
“I would like to see our businesses, whatever their size, look outward to the global marketplace. We should not hide what we have to offer but be proud of our successes and compete on the international stage.”