Industrial sewing thread specialist, Donisthorpe, has opened a new warehouse and finishing plant in Oulja, near Rabat in Morocco.

The UK is now Morocco's third largest export market and UK-Moroccan trade has tripled during the 1990s.

Last year, Moroccan exports to the US increased by 18 per cent and imports by 15 per cent.

British exports to Morocco last year totalled 6.7bn dirhams and imports were worth 7.7bn dirhams.