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30 January 2014

Trade Minister pledges support for East’s businesses during visit to e2v, as part of his first visit to the region

Trade Minister Lord Livingston reiterated his support for businesses during a visit to e2v, the Chelmsford based high technology manufacturer, as part of a series of meetings and visits across the East of England today.

Lord Livingston was making his first visit to the region, following his appointment in December, to hear first-hand the experiences of companies currently looking to export overseas and to encourage businesses to work with UK Trade & Investment, (UKTI), the government’s exporting department.

The visit follows the announcement last week that every mid-sized business in the country will be offered tailored trade advice and an intensive programme of support to help them start exporting or break into new markets.

During a tour of e2v, Lord Livingston saw imaging sensors from the billion pixel device for the recently launched Gaia satellite, and new RF Power systems for radiotherapy cancer treatment, being developed with UK Government Regional Growth Fund support. e2v has also recently signed a multi-million pound Russian imaging contract for the World Space Observatory with UKTI support.

Marc Saunders, Group Marketing and Technology Director at e2v said “The UKTI offers a valuable range of services. Their breadth and depth of genuinely local market knowledge and their research capability can be of great help to even experienced exporters like e2v”.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Livingston said:“Increasing the number of UK businesses which sell overseas is a fundamental building block of the Government’s long-term economic plan.

The East of England has an exceptional record for innovation, with market-leading small and medium sized companies already at the forefront of their sectors. I’m in the region today precisely to hear from these companies and ensure they are getting the support from me and my team so they are maximising the export potential of their business.
Businesses excel with UKTI’s support and we want to make sure that they are not just trading abroad, but thriving there.”

Also visiting e2v with Lord Livingston were senior representatives from UKTI, including Liz Basing, Regional Director, UKTI East of England, John Tingle, UKTI Trade Team Manager and James Gillespie, UKTI International Trade Adviser.

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Picture Caption: Trade and Investment Minister Lord Livingston and Rob Butcher, Project Manager for e2v discuss e2v's new radiotherapy power system.

About e2v: e2v is a leading global provider of specialist technology for high performance systems and equipment; delivering solutions, sub-systems and components for applications within medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets.
e2v employs approximately 1600 people, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of GBP200m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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