SMEs Are Key To Export Week

Government Aims To Increase Export Levels Considerably


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A new national campaign aimed at increasing the number of UK companies that trade overseas has been launched today by the Government as part of Export Week.

The Government is calling its ‘Exporting is GREAT’ initiative the ‘biggest ever’ push to raise the proportion of firms that currently export to a quarter. The figure currently stands at a fifth.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, is also targeting £1.2bn in export revenue from the leads it generates.

Mr Cable said: "British small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Many are doing incredible things and selling their services and products abroad. But too many do not realise their global potential.”

Export Week has been organised by UK Trade & Investment and takes place between 11-15 November 2013.

Expert Opinion
We are fully behind Export Week and the Government’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ initiative.

“Exporting can be a daunting task for a small business, but as confidence in the UK economy grows, so will the number of firms that will be looking at overseas opportunities.

“It is vital that the Government listens to the needs of SMEs and takes appropriate action to support businesses in this area. It is also important that company bosses do not miss their opportunities, and take good quality legal advice from firms with the depth and range of services tailored to ensure that SMEs are able to explore export markets successfully.”
Steven Beahan, Partner