As England prepare to take on Belgium in their final group match in Russia today (Thursday 28th June), demand for UK products continues to boom overseas.
Trade between the two countries has increased by 6.7% in 2015 to £42.1bn, where British-made goods, including vehicles and minerals, are in high demand.
Total exports were worth £15.9bn, a 1.9% increase from 2015 – the majority of this was goods (£11.8bn) and £2.7bn in services.
One Staffordshire firm is particularly close to the action. Allett Lawnmowers, known across the UK sporting scene for their high-quality products, won a contract to provide £1 million worth of mowers for the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi during the competition.
The former Winter Olympic Stadium has already seen some of the major games of the tournament, with the 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain being the pick of the bunch. The pitch, mowed by West Midlands built machinery, will also host the last of the Quarter Finals.
Trade Minister, Graham Stuart, said: “With England kicking their World Cup campaign off in style it’s great to see our innovative businesses doing the same across the globe.
“As an International Economic Department, we are determined to support British businesses who want to break into exciting overseas markets with our wide range of trade support.
“This support includes our award-winning export credit agency, UK Export Finance, a range of investment and export opportunities on the GREAT.gov website and our network of expert, in-country trade commissioners.”
UK exports to Belgium in 2017:
The top 5 UK goods exported to Belgium were:
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