Minister’s overseas advice for Thorntons

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A cabinet minister visited an Alfreton chocolate firm to discuss how the Government can further support it with opportunities abroad.

Lord Green, Trade and Investment Minister, along with representatives from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), visited Thornton’s HQ Thornton Park in Alfreton, on June 27, to meet with company CEO Jonathan Hart and his senior team.

Lord Green said: “I am pleased to have been able to find out more about what’s happening at Thorntons, its positive plans to increase exports and how local advisers from the UKTI local team are helping support the company at a challenging time.”

When CEO Jonathan Hart laid out the company’s new strategy last July, he highlighted that whilst the UK retail business remained the key focus, he expected steady international growth in the short term, with greater potential in the medium term.

Jonathan Hart said: “We are in the process of developing our international strategy and have spent time investigating various international markets where we think the Thorntons brand can thrive and there is a real demand for great British chocolate.

“It’s great to have had the opportunity to meet with Lord Green and to discuss the support his department can offer us to ensure any overseas ventures we do undertake are a success.”