AN economic development boss in Test Valley has said that exports are key to Britain's economic future as the 'uncertainty' of Brexit continues.

Test Valley Borough Council's economic development and tourism portfolio holder, David Drew, said he has been helping businesses around the borough as they seek to create opportunities out of the uncertainty following 2016's EU referendum decision.

Speaking after an export workshop for businesses across Test Valley, he said the dynamism of the business community will help the area through the uncertain times, and plans on holding further seminars at the request of the business community.

He said: "Exports are key to Britain's economic future. Uncertainty has always been with us, clearly more so at the moment with Brexit.

"The business community in Test Valley is a dynamic one and one theme I picked up on during the workshop was a determination to create opportunities out of this uncertainty. At the request of our local businesses and reflecting on that dynamism, other workshops and seminars are already in the pipeline.

"Test Valley Borough Council values its business community, as recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses in particular, and is delighted to work with expert partners and to host events like this.

"Another workshop will be organised in the future, possibly focused on our excellent manufacturing base, but we are always open to suggestions."

As part of the event, held in June, presentations led to a debate around the challenges that businesses face when looking to start or boost exports.

James Lamb, founder and design director for borough-based Idea Reality Ltd, said the DIT had enabled them to grow through accessing export markets.

He said: Idea Reality were delighted to be asked to share our exporting experience and the help we have received. Such events organised by our council are very helpful for local businesses and we look forward to attending many more."