William Hague celebrates exporting success of Crawley firm

The Foreign Secretary visited Crawley to celebrate the exporting success of one of the town’s top companies.

William Hague was at L-3, in Manor Royal this afternoon (May 16), accompanied by Henry Smith MP and leader of Crawley Borough Council Howard Bloom.

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William Hague visits L-3 in Crawley SUS-140516-165509001

He was given a tour of the facilities, and took to the flight deck of an aircraft simulator, one of the firm’s chief exports.

L-3 employs around 300 Crawley people and exports 90 per cent of their aircraft simulators both for military and other use.

When asked what the government was doing to help other companies achieve similar success abroad, Mr Hague said: “We’re doing a lot. I have expanded our embassies over the last four years.

“We’re putting a lot more British diplomats where it counts, to sell our products overseas.

“We’re training our diplomats to do that. They’re spending a lot more of their time on promoting British business.

“The British government is doing much more than it was doing in the past to promote exports, including businesses like this which are so important to us and 90 per cent of what they are making is for export. We need more of this.”

Mr Smith said L-3 was “a great success story for Crawley industry and a great success story in terms of employment and exports as well”.

He added: “I’m very happy to have the Foreign Secretary William Hague visit today to learn about how we can export even more from Crawley by using the network of British embassies around the world.”