New Zealand firm looks to Norfolk for trade deals post Brexit

Dr Mark Davey, director of Confitex, a New Zealand specialist lingerie manufacturer aiming to strike trade deals with the UK. ANL-160707-124025001
Dr Mark Davey, director of Confitex, a New Zealand specialist lingerie manufacturer aiming to strike trade deals with the UK. ANL-160707-124025001
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In the aftermath of Brexit, a New Zealand lingerie manufacturer is aiming to open up new UK trade deals – and East Anglia is high on its list.

Confitex is a luxury lingerie company based in Auckland and is currently completing a major trade agreement to sell its designer style protective underwear across the UK, including Norfolk.

Confitex director Dr Mark Davey said although there was no change yet to tax and tariff arrangements between New Zealand and the UK, there was “without doubt a change of sentiment”.

Asian markets are seeing major changes, he said. “There is now a huge opportunity in the UK because of the ease of doing business. It’s an exciting time for the UK to revitalise its old trading partners.”

He said in the past there was a huge number of migrants from areas such as Norfolk who settled in New Zealand and some of the traditional language spoken in the Norwich area has made its way into New Zealand linguistics, which tie the association between the two regions.

He said: “This closeness is highlighted every day even by our place names. We have a district called Norfolk and New Lynn is a residential suburb in Auckland after it was surveyed by Frederick Utting in 1863. He named it after King’s Lynn because of a similarity in the countryside.”