Labour mayoral candidate Sue Jeffrey has promised to help sell Camerons to the world after meeting staff at the Hartlepool brewery.
Sue met with major brewers Camerons to find out more about their operation and discuss how the mayor’s office might be able to work more closely with business after the election in May.
Camerons, who employ over 500 people and 120 in Hartlepool, have been operating from their base in Hartlepool since 1852.
The majority of their business is in the UK but they have a substantial export business and are looking to expand this area of their operation. In the past they have had some support from the Government export Agency UKTI but they recognise the advantages of working with the Mayor's Office to help them invest and trade in developing markets around the world.
Recent report from the Centre for Cities made worrying reading showing that British cities would have to dramatically increase trade with other international markets to compensate for a downturn in exports to the EU.
Sue said: "I was delighted to see how Camerons can use its historic Hartlepool roots to sell to the world.
"In the North East we have a great exporting story, but we know we can work together to do more.
"Overall North East exports increased by 6.7% to £12.5bn in the last financial year but we need to prepare for changes to export arrangements post Brexit and there is much more we can do in the Tees Valley to promote our goods and services abroad.
"The Tees Valley needs to make a name for itself as an exporter and the mayor's office will enable us to refocus our export strategy, providing a single voice for Tees Valley Trade, working with the UK Government and business organisations to co-ordinate international trade events and run trade missions to the world’s biggest and fastest-growing markets."
Camerons’ Christopher Soley said: “It was really good to meet Sue and discuss proposals for how the mayor’s office can support exporting, this is an important area for a business like ours and one which can lead to further investment and employment.”