Burton upon Trent, August 2, 2013 – Pirelli’s official mentor for the Export Champions initiative met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, at a lunch gathering in Knutsford last week.
Pirelli is one of five successful Cumbrian businesses that has been hailed as an ‘Export Champion’ by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). Formed in 2003, UK Trade and Investment works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
Michelle Taylor, Logistics and Purchasing Director for Pirelli UK, was nominated as Pirelli’s official mentor for the Export Champions Initiative last year. Taylor travelled to a lunch in Knutsford, Cheshire, which was attended by George Osborne and UKTI’s north-west Regional Director, Clive Drinkwater.
Drinkwater began the lunch meeting with a talk where he stressed the importance of looking beyond Europe and into growing markets such as India, Russia and Turkey. He explained that a healthy export business is key to a sustainable company and that any advice given by Pirelli and other Export Champions to smaller businesses should give them confidence to make the leap into export markets.
Osborne then took over the speaking duties and stated how export helps aid the country’s economic recovery. He said that the Government is currently organising trips to key markets to speak with businesses and authorities to promote industry in the UK and welcomed UK businesses to join the government officials on these trips.
Taylor explained: “During the many questions posed to George Osborne, one was quite pertinent to Pirelli. The individual indicated that if the Government could help fund purchases of new machinery, then this would enable the company to become more cost efficient and allow them the chance to compete against the likes of Germany and China. Mr Osborne spoke about the Regional Growth Fund, which Pirelli has enjoyed recently. As we know, this funding has been a significant benefit to Pirelli to assist in the major investment that is currently taking place in Carlisle.”