By Daniel Hunter

Data released by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that British companies have more than doubled their exports to the fastest growing emerging nations, the BRICS, since before the crisis.

Exports to Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa have, according to the ONS, jumped from £12.7 billion in 2007, the last full year before the recession struck, to £27.1 billion in 2012,

The BRICS now account for 5.56% of total UK exports, compared with just 3.34% in 2007.

The news comes as David Cameron is in India with the aim of creating 'the great partnerships of the 21st century'.

'Open to Export' is a UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) initiative in partnership with hibu plc (formerly Yell Group).

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