Supporting Export and Trade
Becoming an Export Champion
In 2020, DriveWorks VP and CO-Founder, Maria Sarkar was appointed Northern Powerhouse Export Champion for 2020.
The campaign aims to spark a movement around the UK ofÂ companies selling their products and services overseas.
Export Champions are appointed to represent a wide range of sectors throughout the region.
Over the past year in her role as Export Champion, Maria has been sharingÂ more about our achievementsÂ in export and inspiringÂ other companies in the region to consider exporting as a realistic andÂ successful opportunity for growth.
With a growing demand for British products and access to international markets, there is an increasing opportunity for UK businesses toÂ succeed through export and international trade.
A year on and Maria is maintaining her role as Export Champion and has been attending monthly meetings with other Export Champions.
In the latest meeting, the Export Champions were introduced to theÂ Department for International Trade Director General, Andrew Mitchell.
Department of International Trade Director General, Andrew Mitchell.
Andrew Mitchell was appointed a Director General at the Department for International Trade in May 2020.
Andrew was previously Her Majestyâ€™s Trade Commissioner for Europe, responsible for the Department for International Tradeâ€™s work promoting trade and investment with the countries of Europe.
Prior to this, he held senior positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCQ). Andrew led the governmentâ€™s international work on Prosperity and was theÂ FCOâ€™s Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Andrew served in Germany and Nepal and was Her Majestyâ€™s Ambassador to Sweden. Andrewâ€™s work in the private sector focused on major international events, including World Expos and Olympic Games.
In his current role as Director General for Exports and UK Trade, Andrew is responsible for the departmentâ€™s work on exports, UK Regions and the Devolved Administrations, and global supply chains.
Our Role Supporting Export and Trade
Successfully Exporting Overseas
DriveWorks was founded in 2001. Our software is used by businesses of all shapes and sizes from across the world, in a wide range of industries and market sectors. AlmostÂ 80% of our revenue now comes from overseas.
We have builtÂ a strong channel, withÂ an international networkÂ of over 100Â Value-Added ResellersÂ acrossÂ 53 countries, who work with us to sell and support our software.
Companies using DriveWorks software range from SMEs to multi-nationals and globally recognised brands.
On a daily basis, we areÂ supporting this channelÂ with meetings, training and learning materials to ensure consistent quality.
We work hard to ensure our software is easy to use and can be supportedÂ no matter where you are in the world
Think Globally â€“ Act LocallyÂ
Through our integrated network, we have successfully built aÂ strong global channelÂ to provide support for our software worldwide.
Our established network of Value-Added Resellers has given us aÂ global presenceÂ without having to have offices and employees in every country.
This global network has given us access to a customer base of over 1000 SMEâ€™s and multi-nationalsÂ across lots of different industries in countries around the world.
This network has proved especially useful to us when trading overseas as it has created aÂ point of contactÂ for each of our DriveWorks customers, providing them with someone whoÂ speaks their languageÂ and is also on theirÂ timezone.
To help our resellers be consistentÂ no matter where they are in the world,Â we have created lots of resources toÂ train the trainer.
This includes everything a reseller could possibly need to present a class on DriveWorks â€“ whether it is in Germany, Brazil, Australia, or anywhere in the world.Â
Ensuring that our customers get aÂ consistent experienceÂ whenever they use our software.
COVID-19 has brought about manyÂ challenges for businesses across the world.
Most businesses now have fewer opportunities for selling face to face. And while things start to get moving again, it seems the way weÂ work may have changed forever.
Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that companies who areÂ smart, agile, and open to change are more likely to survive. We have already seen many businesses areÂ embracing digitalÂ as a result of this.
DriveWorks enables companies anywhere in the world toÂ sell online and sell digitally.
We are huge advocates forÂ anything digitalÂ and the ability for UK companies to bring wealth and business back to the UK through export.
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