BUSINESSES in Dorset exported nearly £132m worth of goods last year – an increase of 25 per cent.

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has revealed it processed 12,022 export documents between 2013 and 2014, up from the 9,604 the year before.

This meant goods worth £131.7m in commercial value were sold by Dorset-based businesses into foreign markets.

Rob Booth, DCCI international trade services manager, welcomed the figures.

He said: “Companies in Dorset are playing a key role in driving growth in the county and helping to reduce the UK’s trade deficit.

“The number of documents processed by the chamber has accelerated over the past year, up by an impressive 25 per cent, and exports are increasing as we emerge from the worst recession in living memory.

“With some 12,022 documents processed and nearly £132m worth of exports, it is important to build on this growth by expanding the support on offer.

“Our new International Trade Services department better reflects the broader support and expertise we now provide to help Dorset firms of all types and sizes succeed on a global scale.”