The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce remains optimistic about the local economy.
This comes after a Leicestershire firm that makes wet wipes has seen an increase in export sales.
Most other companies in the East Midlands manufacturing and service sectors have only had a slight increase in exports since last year.
A company in Leicestershire has seen an increase in export sales this year.
Pal International makes wet wipes and clothing for workers in the catering industry.
The Managing Director, Alex Brucciani, has told ITV News Central a difficult UK economy has led to his company investing in overseas markets.
A Leicestershire company has seen exports increase despite the economic downturn.
The company makes wet wipes and clothing for workers in the catering industry.
They said sales increased by 20% this year compared to the first quarter of 2012.
The British Chamber of Commerce believe the weak pound has helped to boost sales overseas.