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Cabinet minister vows to help businesses reap the rewards post-Brexit

PUBLISHED: 08:20 05 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:57 05 October 2019

Liz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade and South West Norfolk MP, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. With Martyn Bromley (far right), chairman, next to Max Bromley, sales director, Elizabeth Truss (middle), Peter Llewellyn, managing director, Duncan Smith, sales director Brett Martin, and Kevin Smith, former director of agriculture at Banham Poultry (far left). Photo: Emily Thomson

Liz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade and South West Norfolk MP, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. With Martyn Bromley (far right), chairman, next to Max Bromley, sales director, Elizabeth Truss (middle), Peter Llewellyn, managing director, Duncan Smith, sales director Brett Martin, and Kevin Smith, former director of agriculture at Banham Poultry (far left). Photo: Emily Thomson

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A cabinet minister has vowed to help Norfolk's business reap the rewards of new trading opportunities post-Brexit.

Liz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade and South West Norfolk MP, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. Next to chairman Martyn Bromley (left), managing director Peter Llewellyn (far left)and sales director Max Bromley (left). Photo: Emily ThomsonLiz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade and South West Norfolk MP, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. Next to chairman Martyn Bromley (left), managing director Peter Llewellyn (far left)and sales director Max Bromley (left). Photo: Emily Thomson

Liz Truss, South West Norfolk MP and secretary of international trade, used a visit to Peerless Plastics and Coatings, in Howlett Way, Thetford, to announce plans to help businesses by opening up new trade markets abroad.

Martyn Bromley, chairman of Highlands Group of Companies, which owns Peerless Plastics, got in contact with Ms Truss exactly one year since she helped him to save the jobs of 1,000 employees at Banham Poultry, where he was formally CEO.

Now in the run up to October 31, when Britain will leave the EU, Mr Bromley hopes she can once again help Norfolk businesses.

Ms Truss said: "My job as trade secretary is to open up new markets for British business and to support businesses like Peerless, who want trade with countries like India, Australia, New Zealand and America.

Liz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. Photo: Emily ThomsonLiz Truss, Secretary of State of International Trade, visited Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford. Photo: Emily Thomson

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"People want British products, because British represents high quality and they know that we possess some of the most innovative and exciting things on the market today.

"I will do all I can as your local MP to help you to get those customers over seas to sell more of your products.

Peerless Plastics and Coatings are a unique business with the largest plastic coating capability in Europe, and have recently been making trade deals as far as India.

With the plastic industry under scrutiny, Peerless say their hard-coated products last a lot longer without having to be replaced and they are recyclable, which they hope will encourage more trade despite fears of leaving the EU without a deal.

Ms Truss said: "Of course we want a good deal with the EU but we will carry on trading regardless of the situation and I know that the products we produce here in Britain are competitive.

"I think you can see that here at Peerless, how their machine is the most unique in Europe producing these massive pieces of specially coated plastic.

"I would encourage any business who is interested in exporting to get in touch with my department, the department of international trade."

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