Leading exporters across Cornwall met with Heathrow Airport bosses this week to learn more about their plans to boost Cornwall’s trade in global markets.

Heathrow is already Britain’s biggest port by value, exporting £203 billion worth of goods in 2022 to 218 destinations worldwide. Airport bosses are now meeting with exporters across the country to develop a new ‘Export Excellence’ strategy to boost UK business across the globe.

In the first of a series of roundtables, some of Cornwall’s leading exporters shared their experiences and expertise to inform the strategy for the airport. They also learned more about Heathrow’s plans to reduce administrative burdens and get exports flowing freely to global markets.

Cornwall has a burgeoning export market, with the food and drink sector leading the way. Every year, the south west exports more than £800 million worth of food and drink, and luxury brands like Rodda’s, Provenance Foods, Cornish Sea Salt and Tarquin’s Gin have become world-renowned brands.

Over the next month, views gathered at six regional roundtables will contribute to a comprehensive new report outlining Heathrow’s latest developments in its export strategy and its plans for economic growth as part of its relationship with regional export partners.

The report will also outline Heathrow’s plans to become a customs modernisation and digitisation leader supporting Britain’s exporters.

Cornwall Chamber CEO, Kim Conchie, said: “Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is delighted with the Exporting Excellence initiative from our Business Partner Heathrow Airport.

“Heathrow’s commitment to regional prosperity through encouraging and enabling international trade has been apparent in Cornwall for many years. This campaign, backed by their presence and support in The Duchy at this vital time, demonstrates their  interest and know-how when business most needs a confidence boost.”