Paula Sherriff MP is launching a competition to identify Dewsbury constituency’s best export, which will be showcased alongside the best exports of other parliamentary constituencies as part of the Exported by Britain Campaign.
“Exported by Britain” is a campaign jointly run by the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG). The APDIG and APMG will expand on the success of their previous project, Made by Britain, which asked MPs to nominate an object or product manufactured in their constituencies. It attracted over 300 nominations from across the country.
The government has been repeatedly warned that it will miss its target of doubling exports to £1 trillion by 2020. A recent warning from the Cross-Party Public Accounts Committee on 17th January suggested that the UK’s export economy is lagging behind its French and German competitors partly because SME’s here are not receiving adequate support from the government.
Paula said: "The Dewsbury constituency is rich in manufacturing and innovation. I have had the pleasure of visiting many of our small and medium enterprises (SME’s) but there are many more that I would like to visit in the coming months. I am looking to nominate a manufacturing or creative industries export for the @exportedbybritain campaign. Our SME’s need to be put on the map and their voice heard by a government who is not doing enough to support them."