Region is still number one for international exports

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THE south east is still the UK’s biggest region for exports, UK Trade and Investment has announced.

Figures from HM Revenue and Customs show that firms in the region exported goods worth £43,371m in the year ending June 2011, an increase year on year of more than seven per cent.

The total value of UK exports over the 12 months was £280,343m, an increase of £36,540m compared to the previous 12 months.

Rory Pereira, deputy international trade director for UKTI in the south east, said: ‘For the south east to maintain its pre-eminence as an exporting region, none of us can be complacent.

‘We need to keep encouraging more businesses to export or, if they already trade internationally, to alert them to the wide-ranging opportunities in new, high-growth markets.’