Movers & Shakers: Ian Selby joins Martlesham Heath-based Your Export Department as an independent export consultant

Ian Selby has been appointed as an independent export consultant at Your Export Department, based in

Ian Selby has been appointed as an independent export consultant at Your Export Department, based in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Ian Selby has joined Ipswich-based Your Export Department Ltd as an independent export consultant. Your Export Department specialises in helping small and medium-sized companies – mainly in the east of England – export to countries all over the world.

Ian, who has more than 20 years’ experience in international trade, particularly in Africa, says many companies are put off exporting simply because of the perceived risk and fear of the unknown. Other companies may have great products but are not aware of their potential. “With seven billion people on the planet, someone, somewhere, will want your product,” he said.

Ian has first-hand involvement in developing sales for a variety of products in more than 80 countries and is also an experienced trainer and assessor.

“The East of England is a great place to export from. We have good access to Stansted Airport and the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk is well-placed to ship goods out to the rest of the world very efficiently,” he said.

The East of England ranks 5th out of 12 UK regions in terms of UK exports but the proportion of businesses that export is low, despite the region being a vibrant and growing area with significant skills.

Your Export Department, which was only set up just over a year ago by Jim Fanshawe and is based at Martlesham Heath, already has a significant portfolio of clients. It provides the full functions of an export department without the fixed costs of permanent staff, he said. Offering a one-stop bespoke service, it focuses on what’s appropriate for the company’s particular needs.

“Trading internationally offers greater financial security and creates more jobs, but there is a real lack of ‘how to’ advice,” said Ian Selby. “Many firms hold back due to a lack of confidence and an understanding of the long-term benefits.”

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Lucy has a wealth of experience in business retention and growth, delivering unrivalled customer experience and structuring and leading high performance teams in the utility sector.

Her impressive 20-year career in utilities has seen her setting up and leading business development, digital, commercial and marketing teams in large national companies including British Gas Business, uSwitch and Moneysupermarket.

Lucy, who began working for Northumbrian Water Group – which operates in eastern England as Essex and Suffolk Water – last year, said she was “very excited” about being able to start up and develop a new business for the firm.

“I am determined to grow the new retail business and view us as a very strong contender. I am a believer that to be successful all our decisions need to work towards providing great value and customer experience. This ethos is clearly demonstrated in the billing system we have chosen to use, Gentrack Velocity, which will offer our customers the flexibility they may need,” she said.

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“It is important to us that our customers know that our business is able to compete and operate successfully in the new national market,” said Lucy.

“We will be flexible and versatile to enable growth and innovation. One way we can communicate the company’s strategy and values is through a brand that people connect with. We have decided to rebrand NWG Business to help build our national identify. Our new brand is ‘Wave’.”

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Chief executive officer Heidi Mottram said: “It is fantastic to have Lucy leading and shaping Northumbrian Water Group’s non-household retail business. It is an exciting time of change and opportunity for the water industry. Lucy’s proven track record in blue chip companies will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to position Wave as a major player in the market.”

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