International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has announced that small businesses can now access government-backed export finance directly from their banks, boosting UK trade.
The British Exporters Association (BExA) is delighted to announce that The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, PC, has been appointed as the Association’s new President.
Commenting on the appointment, Marcus Dolman, BExA Co-Chairman – Large Corporates, said “We are very pleased with the appointment of Baroness Symons as our new President. She has a long and distinguished career in trade and we look forward to working with her to strengthen BExA’s position as the leading voice of the UK’s export community.” Geoffrey de Mowbray, BExA Co-Chairman – SME & Micro-Exporters, added “Exporters, and in particular SME exporters, are more than ever vital to the UK economy. Baroness Symons joining BExA as President is an exciting stage of our development and we look forward to working with her and driving some real and sustainable change.”
Baroness Symons is a senior Labour member of the House of Lords, a former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, and held ministerial posts in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005. Her time in government was as Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade, Minister for Defence Procurement, and the Prime Minister’s envoy to the Gulf.
Baroness Symons has a wide range of experience, in the Middle East in particular, and is Chairman of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, co-Chairman of the Saudi-British Joint Business Council, Chairman of the British Egyptian Society and she sits on the Advisory Boards of the Egyptian-British Business Council, British Expertise and the ‘D’ Group. She is also a senior consultant to DLA Piper LLP, Blenheim Capital, Protection Group International, and Consolidated Contractors Company.
The Baroness succeeds Sir Richard Needham, The Rt Hon Earl of Kilmorey, PC, who has stepped down as the Association’s President after nearly 20 years in the role. BExA would like to thank Sir Richard for his support during this time which has been very much appreciated. His knowledge and understanding of global trade has been a great asset to the association over this period not to mention his speeches!