BExA Vice-President awarded MBE

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.



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BExA appoints new President

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!


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 Going Global Live is Europe’s premier event for businesses that are looking to take the next step and expand internationally, export products, increase their overseas presence or enter new international marketplaces – and 2017 sees a line-up of outstanding international experts on hand for face-to-face advice and insight. Going Global are delighted to partner with The British Exporters Association for the event on the 17th and 18th of May at the London ExCeL.

A snapshot of the speaker line-up includes Geoffrey de Mowbray, Co-Chairman of the British Exporters Association with a seminar entitled ‘British Exporting – The Opportunities and Challenges’, Lesley Batchelor OBE from the Institute of Export & International Trade with a seminar entitled ‘Drastic Rise from 90M Cargoes a Year to 300M on Leaving EU’, Mark Neal of Export World Wide Ltd discussing how to generate export sales leads and the key to profitable exporting, and Roger Jones from Actionable Insight Digital Marketing Limited discussing how to have success in online exporting.

Register for your free ticket to attend via and for sponsorship & exhibiting opportunities contact Event Director Simon Chicken directly on (+44) 0117 907 3520 or at

We look forward to welcoming you to the show!


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BExA announces partnership with Global-Britain

Global-Britain-logo-245x90BExA is pleased to announce a partnership with Global-Britain that will ensure the interests and priorities of UK exporters are represented in a major new initiative ‘Business Strategy for Brexit.’

BExA will be an official partner of this significant publishing project, that will serve as a touchstone for UK businesses; addressing the new global landscape of trade between the UK and the rest of the world, delivering the broadest range of intelligence on key issues, to the widest audience of industry stakeholders.

The partnership strengthens our mutual interests to help businesses make informed decisions as we approach Brexit.  BExA will bring significant value to the project by addressing issues pertinent to UK exporters, including: finance and insurance, international supply chain and EU import tariffs; outlining the level of exposure for UK exporter’s, and the contingences that will enhance industry’s management of the transformation.



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Mediaplanet UK – 2017 National Exports Campaign launched today

BExA recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Exports campaign; educating business owners about the UK’s trading position and the various ways that UK Business owners can elevate their profile, credibility and revenue.
The campaign launches today in The Guardian newspaper, online on, and will be getting consistent distribution at industry leading events until November, reaching the public who have a vested interest in exporting, C-suite corporate professionals, business owners, heads of; finance, e-commerce, international business, new business and operations – specifically targeting those within the retail, manufacturing and property sectors.

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BExA Co-Chairman speaks at the Department for International Trade’s Civil Nuclear Showcase event

Civil Nuclear Showcase March 2017

BExA Co-Chairman, Marcus Dolman, speaking at the Department for International Trade’s Civil Nuclear Showcase event in March 2017. Marcus highlighted the importance of a world class Export Credit Agency to exporters ability to compete on international nuclear power projects. UK Export Finance are providing support and guidance to several UK companies in their bids on various new Civil Nuclear projects. He also pointed out that whilst financial support for exports requires a level of UK content, UK backed financial support for overseas companies on new civil nuclear projects requires zero UK content and puts UK companies at a disadvantage to their competitors.

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BExA in the Press

Marcus Dolman, Co-Chairman of BExA, was recently interviewed by Charles Ford of To read the full article, entitled ‘Brexit Implications for UK Trade & Exports’ please click here.

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National Exports Campaign

BExA is collaborating with Mediaplanet on the National Exports Campaign. Read more about how to get involved here:

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BExA welcomes Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade & Investment, to the Association’s Annual Lunch at Mansion House

BExA was pleased to welcome Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to the BExA annual lunch at the Mansion House on Monday 10th October. The Minister addressed the 220 attendees to provide an overview of the aims of the new Department for International Trade.

Marcus Dolman, BExA Co Chairman – Large Exporters commented ‘We welcome the creation of the DIT, the associated elevation of Trade within Government and the recognition of the importance of Trade to the UK economy.’

Geoff de Mowbray, BExA Co Chairman – SME & Micro Exporters added ‘BExA’s focus for SMEs is to work with DIT and UKEF to strengthen the UK’s offering for sourcing and converting opportunities of smaller value exports to ensure financing of these opportunities is simplified and streamlined.

We welcome Greg Hands engagement with BExA and look forward to creating opportunities from the challenges the UK currently faces as we negotiate our exit from the EU.’

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BExA launches 7th Annual Benchmarking of UK Export Finance

BExA launches today its 7th Annual Benchmarking of UK Export Finance entitled “Driving export growth in uncertain times”.

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