Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has visited Stansted Airport to reassure businesses in the East that the government is committed to a post-Brexit economy.
On her visit she highlighted the increase in exports from the East of England- which has been vital in helping the economy grow.
The latest figures show between 2015 and 2016 exports increased 10.4%.
She said the airport's new flights to Dubai emphasised the post-Brexit need for new routes to the rest of the world.
The East of England exports £16 billion of goods to Europe, compared to £4.6 billion to North America and nearly £1 billion to China.
Machinery and transport goods were the most exported followed by chemicals.