George Cowcher, Chief Executive, Devon Chamber of Commerce

Devon business leaders are looking positively at a trade mission by the Prime Minister Teresa May to Japan this week – that could boost trading links with the region.

The chief executive of the Devon Chamber of Commerce, George Cowcher, said: “The UK is continuing to attract international investors but, we need clarity over an EU trading deal for our local exporters and partners in Europe.”

The British Prime Minister is being accompanied by a delegation of business leaders looking to showcase British firms, said Mr Cowcher.

“Our members in the county are taking a keen interest in the visit, and looking to see what opportunities might come out of this trade mission,” he said.


Dr Adam Marshall, Director of the (BCC)

The links between Japanese and UK businesses are deep and strong, and this mission is an important signal of our shared desire to see trade grow further over the years, said Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

“Japanese firms have been huge investors in the UK over the years, and their long-term commitment is boosting employment, forging links with local firms, and building deep UK supply chains.”

Mr Cowcher, added: “Increasing number of local firms are showing an interest in Japan, selling both their products and their know-how to Japanese clients, and the Devon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support this trade mission.”

Dr Marshall, said: “Boosting two-way trade between the UK and Japan is a major opportunity, and Chambers across the UK are pleased to be part of the effort to make this happen,” he said.

The Devon Chamber of Commerce is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce representing 40,000 employees in the county.

The (BCC) network connects exporters with nearly 40 markets around the world, and with 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK.



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