MORE than two thousand jobs across Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale are partly supported through exports.
This was revealed in figures from Fraser of Allander Institute research commissioned by the UK Department for International Trade, which is aiming to increase post-Brexit export-driven economic growth.
There is already an estimated 6.5 million jobs nationally linked to overseas trade with more than two thousand in the local Westminster parliamentary constituency.
The study findings published this week indicate export-related jobs tend to be as much as 21-per-cent more productive and seven-per-cent better paid than many focused purely on the domestic market.
Efforts are being stepped up in a bid to expand UK exporting worldwide, increase new jobs potential and help fuel economic recovery as the country emerges from Covid-19.
Textiles, wholesale, fishing, whisky, aquaculture, manufacturing, quarrying, service industries, financial and accountancy are areas of export activity in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale (DCT).
Local MP David Mundell said: "I have some successful very long-established exporters in my constituency but the Board of Trade, through their new report Global Britain -- Local Jobs, plan to encourage more companies to enter, or further develop, sales to overseas markets.
"I'm keen to ensure that local enterprises, seeking to expand through exporting, can take full advantage of any advice and support available from the UK Government. This would be good for jobs and the local economy."