Belfast Telegraph

Exports 'key to economic recovery'

By David Elliott

An increase in exports will help put the Northern Ireland economy back in the fast lane, a conference in Ballymena has been told.

Mark Nodder, Wrightbus managing director and Vice President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said that having a focus on building a solid and diverse export base can help ensure that the private sector delivers.

He was addressing the first Thought Leadership event organised by business group Export First and used his own company as an example of good practice.

"At Wrightbus, our focus on quality manufacturing and customer service means that we enjoy a strong competitive advantage over our competitors. It is our commitment to market development, however, which has seen the company enjoy growth and success internationally."

"Our dedication to new and innovative practice directly contributed to the recent decision by Transport for London to award our company the contract to build the next generation of the famous London Routemaster. These and other opportunities further afield mean that our company continues to enjoy growth," he added.

The Export First programme of events has been developed in partnership with Northern Bank, ASM and A-amp;L Goodbody.

It's designed to support firms who have taken the first steps to export and require further assistance as well as those who have not previously exported.

The next Export First event is Meet The Expert at 8.30am on October 19 at the Europa Hotel.

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