Mandy Lockett, International Business Director of the East Lancashire’s Chamber of Commerce , has published her latest column in the Business Life magazine Spring edition, which reads:

For a number of years Iran has been sanctioned in relation to finance and trade. As a result of meeting its obligations under the nuclear deal agreed last year, these sanctions are being lifted. This offers UK companies an opportunity to engage in the biggest new market to re-enter the global economy in decades.

Whilst the large companies have already signed deals; Airbus, Peugeot, Total and SNCF, we need our Lancashire SME’s to be able to seize the opportunities available. The UK government fully supports expanding our trade relationship with Iran and is encouraging businesses to take advantage. This will only happen if the financial institutes are ‘Open for Business’ but we continue to hear a not so positive response of ‘no change’ and I find their reluctance to react quickly and be agile like our companies a little disheartening from a trade perspective. The UK Export Finance service has stepped up and is now supporting cover for Iran, so it’s worth contacting them to check out your possibilities.

We have recently sent out our EU poll requesting your valuable opinions on the UK remaining a member of the European Union in line with the referendum between now and the end of 2017. Representing the voice of business is integral to this Chamber’s core objective and I urge all businesses to take part in our polls and surveys. The results will be published in our next edition.

And lastly but definitely not least we would like to thank all businesses who entered our International Trade Awards held last December and also congratulate the winners. Our gala lunch and awards was herald as another great success and trust you will find the article an interesting read.

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