Thursday, 14 November 2013

"Exporting is GREAT" campaign kicks of UK Export Week

Are you thinking of growing your business by exporting abroad? This week is Export Week in the UK, and there are lots of opportunities for SMEs to learn more about exporting and access support. Marking the beginning of the seven day campaign, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) launched "Exporting is GREAT" on Monday, an initiative forming part of the larger "Business is GREAT" campaign that will promote the benefits and possibilities of international export to over 700,000 firms across the country. Its main aim is to promote the support currently available to SMEs.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said of the campaign: “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." The campaign is intended to help SMEs tap into this potential with a variety of tools. On the campaign website, SMEs can arrange to speak to an export advisor, read inspirational testimonials from successful export ventures and sign up for regular export-related newsletters. The campaign is expected to generate 3,000 appointments between UKTI and aspiring exporters and to drive £1.2 billion in additional export revenue.

Speaking at the launch of "Exporting is GREAT", Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said “The UK’s future prosperity will not come from relying on domestic markets alone. Businesses excel with UKTI’s support and we want to make sure that UK firms are not just trading abroad but thriving there and competing with the best the rest of the world has to offer.” 

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