As Insider and the Daily Business reports, The Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced 13 business figures as the first Export Champions for Scotland.
These voluntary roles should help DIT and Scottish Development International (SDI) to promote the benefits of exporting and encourage other companies to consider selling to overseas markets.
The new champions are drawn from a range of sectors, including food and drink, energy, advanced manufacturing, fintech and healthcare. They include James Varga of DirectID, Alastair Walker of Walkers Shortbread and Poonam Gupta of PG Paper.
In addition to James Varga being appointed as an Export Champion, his company DirectID has also been appointed as the new FinTech Champion for Scotland.
Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said: “We know exporters create jobs, pay higher wages and help grow our economy, and Scottish businesses are playing a key part in making the UK an export-led economy.
“That’s exactly what these Scottish Export Champions all hope to achieve – and I look forward to working closely with them to achieve our goal of a trillion pounds of exports a year by 2030.”