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 Ms Susan Ross has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Susan has been a passionate volunteer member of BExA for over a decade, including a 3 year period as Chairman from 2009 to 2012. During that time, Susan campaigned tirelessly for the re-launch of the UK Export Finance (UKEF) Bond Support scheme to the benefit of the hundreds of companies who have since used the product to win overseas business. Since its reintroduction in 2011, the UKEF Bond Support Scheme has been utilised by over 220 UK companies and supported almost £850m of UK exports.
Susan also devised the much heralded annual BExA ECA benchmarking papers as a means to drive improvement in UKEF and has had a significant involvement in the preparation and editing of each one of the 7 reports that have been published to date. In addition, she introduced and authored the well regarded series of BExA Guides, which provide exporters with concise instruction on various export related subjects. These have proved to be an invaluable resource for BExA’s members and the wider exporting community alike.
Susan continues to be a highly pro-active and well respected member of the Association in her current role of honorary Vice-President, whilst maintaining a full-time senior position at Aon within its Trade Credit business.