The West Midlands has again out-performed the English regions when it comes to exporting, seeing an £887 million increase to reach a record high of £7.5 billion for the final quarter of 2013.

The HM Revenue & Customs figures show the West Midlands saw by far the largest percentage increase in exports.

The final quarter figures mean the export of goods for the region for 2013 increased by 18.4 per cent to reach a total of £26.9 billion, an increase of 4.2 billion on 2012.

UK Trade & Investment regional director, Paul Noon, said: “These are, once again, smashing figures for exports from the West Midlands.

“They cap-off a bumper year in 2013 for exports, demonstrating sustained growth from companies across the region.

“Exporting is in the DNA of companies in this region and is the heartbeat of the economic recovery.

“West Midlands companies are continuing to lead the way in terms of breaking into new markets across the globe.”

He added: “We are well on our way to meeting the national economic challenge of doubling the value of exports by 2020.”

Business will be given a helping hand to boost their overseas sales when UKTI hosts its Export Week in April.

Export Week: ‘Grow your business’, which runs from April 7-11, will offer a mix of seminars, masterclasses, one-to-one meetings, workshops and networking events.

The EU remains the largest single market for West Midlands goods with sales over the last 12 months worth more than £11 billion, followed by the Asia Pacific region, at just over £6.3 billion.