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knox reacts to Brexit

While Britons were going to the polls to vote in the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June, Aaron and Margaret Travell from Cockermouth-based protection and clothing manufacturer Knox were in Germany, doing their bit for British exports.

“It was ironic that we had the chance to meet with major German retailer Polo Motorrad on referendum day” says Aaron, a director and shareholder at Knox. “It’s been a great day and hopefully the start of a great relationship.”

The team set off from their base in the Lake District at 3.30 am, flying from Manchester to Dusseldorf and then driving to Polo’s massive head offices. The meeting lasted seven hours and Travell emerged tired but delighted by the German retail giant’s reaction to the Knox range of clothing and protection.

And how does he feel about the referendum result? “One of the things we discussed at the meeting was how easy it is to do business inside Europe – you just stick a label on a box and send it. We hope that the decision to leave the EU won’t mean a return to the customs forms and tariffs of the old days that make export trade more difficult.”

He remains positive about the future. “Knox is a UK brand with UK manufacturing and we are growing at an extraordinary level, both in export and in the UK. We will continue to drive this growth through innovation, great products that work for the end user and hard work. However, Brexit may mean we have to pedal harder again to retain our growth level and we ask dealers to support us at this time as a British manufacturer and British-owned brand. Customers will want to support British industry and it will be important for dealers to respond to that enthusiasm.”

This article just missed the deadline for the July issue of BDN but a fuller version will appear in the August issue which will contain more reaction to the vote for Leave. Send us your thoughts.

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