26th March 2020

Paul Kallee-Grover, director at Avison Young, has been invited by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) to be an export champion for the Northern Powerhouse for 2020.

Through Paul’s appointment, Avison Young will be joining other leading businesses that are already working with the DIT to help promote the government’s message to businesses thinking of trading globally. Paul will be joining a nationwide network of UK companies acting as ambassadors for exporting, sharing success stories, offering practical advice and leading by example. As an export champion for the Northern Powerhouse, Paul will be working alongside the DIT’s regional teams in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside to raise the profile of exporters in the region and support inward investment into the UK.

The export champion network, founded in the North West in 2013, was set up by government to motivate and assist other businesses in their export journey. Research produced by the DIT shows that exporting businesses are considerably more flexible, agile and resilient. They achieve higher productivity and go on to be more profitable. Doing business internationally can also help them to learn about new technologies, new ways of doing things and new business trends, helping them to stay ahead of the competition and be stronger in the face of future challenges. Export champions include representatives from businesses of different sizes, from a wide range of sectors, but what they all have in common is their drive to make the most of the opportunities that international trade can offer, and their willingness to share their knowledge with others.

Bev Mullin, Deputy Head of Regions North West and Northern Powerhouse for the Department of International Trade, comments: “Paul has been a keynote speaker for our department at a number of high-profile events and trade missions in the UK and overseas, aimed at promoting exports. As a previous recipient of the Board of Trade Award, Paul has already demonstrated an exceptional performance in International Trade, and we look forward to the contribution he will bring to our export champion network.”

Paul Kallee-Grover adds: “It is a huge honour to be invited to be an export champion for the Northern Powerhouse. I am confident that I will bring to this voluntary role a wealth of exporting expertise in the selling of services to global markets. I look forward to working with those businesses looking at exporting for the first time, as well as supporting our clients and partners contemplating new markets. At this difficult time for global business we must look to reinforce our networks, explore new ways of communication and look at how we can support one another to ensure our businesses come out stronger and ready to trade successfully in the future.”

26th March 2020