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Refinement puts the bounce into exports

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Hampshire business representatives will be finding out what it takes to be a major player in the export market when they take a tour of Fawley refinery on Tuesday 18 June.

Organised by Hampshire County Council under the Hampshire Ambassadors scheme, the visit will be attended by around 50 Hampshire Ambassadors from companies ranging from small consultancies through to 'blue chip' organisations. Over 80 per cent of the chemical products produced at Fawley, such as rubber for tyre linings, is exported.

Now in its seventeenth year, Hampshire Ambassadors provides a monthly opportunity for a group to visit innovative Hampshire companies to encourage other local firms to strive for business excellence, develop their own best practice procedures and improve competitiveness.

The Ambassadors - currently numbering more than 1,300 and growing - are dedicated to promoting Hampshire as an excellent place for business, tourism, investment and conferencing.

Councillor Sean Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said:

"Hampshire Ambassadors play an important role in raising the profile of commerce and industry in the county. Business growth is vital for Hampshire's continued prosperity and visits from the Hampshire Ambassadors help to highlight and showcase the achievements and successes of local businesses."

The next Hampshire Ambassadors visit will take place on 11 July at the Vyne, Basingstoke.

For more information on the Hampshire Ambassadors scheme contact Michelle McClean on 01962 845745 or email michelle.mcclean@hants.gov.uk

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