UK, Norway and Iceland Trade Agreement | UK Jam Exports Rise | Outdoor Apparel Taking on the Big Brands

Posted on 10/04/2019 by DHL Express

UK, Norway and Iceland sign trade agreement

A trade continuity agreement has been signed by Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to Europe, Andrew Mitchell, Ambassador of Iceland to the UK, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, and Ambassador of Norway to the UK, Wegger Christian Strømmen. The agreement covers trade in goods and means consumers and businesses in the UK will continue to benefit from more choice and lower prices imported from Norway and Iceland.

Andrew Mitchell highlighted the advantages the deal will bring British businesses. “Our trade with Iceland and Norway was worth around £30 billion last year, with just over £24 billion of this in goods. […] we have a golden opportunity to further liberalise trade with these countries in the years ahead.”

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Scottish jam exports rise in the US

There has been an increase in UK jam exports from the UK’s biggest seller of jams, marmalades and preserves in the US: Mackays. The US is Mackays’ biggest export market and accounted for 20 per cent of international sales last year. Mackays’ preserves are now enjoyed in 94 countries worldwide including Australia, China and Peru.

Last week in the US, thousands celebrated National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with a dollop of jam from Mackays. Ross Allen, Director of the Department of International Trade North America, said: “Mackays is an excellent example of a thriving transatlantic business and I look forward to following the growth of UK food and drink in the United States.”

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How a jacket manufacturer took on the big brands

Dark Peak had been running for 10 years and built up a lot of expertise in the design and manufacture of outdoor apparel. Using their product development experience, Allen Holland, Will Parsons and the Dark Peak team decided to create a jacket that provides insulation against the cold but also gives you the upper body flexibility to move and stretch.

The in-house team built their website from the ground up, looking at the best shopping experiences from other brands and e-commerce market leaders to create a great buying experience. “We made sure that we ticked all the boxes we could think of. When a customer on the other side of the world buys, they want to have the confidence their product is going to arrive,” says Allen.

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