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.
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