Irony of minister's export call; Initiative is launched on ex-Rover site.A GOVERNMENT minister launched a new initiative to boost British exports from what was once the paint shop of Rover in Coventry.
Trade minister Richard Caborn Richard George Caborn, PC (born 6 October 1943) is a British politician. He has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central since June 1983. Until June 28 2007 he was the Minister of Sport with the rank of Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Media and was touring the region to launch an "export toolkit" which enables bosses with a laptop computer A portable computer that has a flat LCD screen and usually weighs less than eight pounds. Often called just a "laptop," it uses batteries for mobile use and AC power for charging the batteries and desktop use. Today's high-end laptops provide all the capabilities of most desktop computers. and mobile phone to access export information from a one-stop internet site at any time and from anywhere in the world.
He said exporting was essential for the future of the Midlands economy but denied that the value of the initiative was diminished di·min·ish
v. di·min·ished, di·min·ish·ing, di·min·ish·es
a. To make smaller or less or to cause to appear so.
b. by the strong pound which has held back many exporters.Mr Caborn said: "We want to work with firms to see how they can manage change. It is vital in the Midlands as many companies contemplate the repercussions repercussions npl → répercussions fpl
repercussions npl → Auswirkungen pl of the situation at Rover.
"We want to encourage more firms here in the Midlands, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, to start selling or investing overseas."
He was speaking to bosses of Mission Foods, the tortilla and tortilla chip maker which is creating 350 jobs at Coventry Business Park.
The Canley site is in the shadow of the Standard Triumph social club - the only remaining part of the former Rover empire in Coventry.
The pounds 16million factory, the largest investment in the UK by a Mexican Mexican
named after or originating in Mexico.
Mexican beaded lizard
(Heloderma horridum firm, is due to open for production in seven weeks time.