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Business West in line for world export recognition

The Great British Food Programme, developed by Business West Chambers of Commerce, is this week in line for world export recognition.

It has reached the finals for the best digital project at the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation in Dubai.

Gloucestershire businesses Boutique Distillery and Netherend Farm Dairy are among those highlighted on the website.

The online platform has so far generated over £70 million of export sales for UK food and drink businesses and is based in the South West.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson used one of the site's hampers to present to Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, when the government announced the initial trade agreement with Australia

James Monk, Business West's commercial director, said: "For many years, the South West has been home to a wide range of fine food and drink brands that have made a significant impact in the UK's retail and hospitality market.

"Recent national success stories in our Great British Food Programme include Thatchers Cider, Lye Cross Farm and Rodda's.

"Our programme simply does what UK producers want - connecting buyers throughout the world with the best of British food and drink."

After initial website connections, food and drink samples from UK producers were packed into Great British Food Programme hampers and then couriered to buyers around the world.

The platform is more than a directory. It brings together numerous data sets that Business West have put together giving information of trends and where the programme can make the most impact.

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