Free government support to help businesses in Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington and Hill Head export will be outlined by local MP, Caroline Dinenage. The event will help them to take advantage of international opportunities and tap into the huge global demand for British products.
Caroline is working with the Department for International Trade (DIT), as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme, to help local businesses access the free support they need to boost their exporting potential and understand the effects of trade agreements and how to benefit from them.
The virtual event will take place on Friday 26th November at 1pm and is free for local businesses to attend. This session will provide Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington and Hill Head businesses an opportunity to speak to and hear speakers from the Department for International Trade, and an experienced local exporter, who will detail the support available for businesses to expand their business overseas.
UK Exports worth £569.8bn were sold overseas in the 12 months to July 2021, with 149,500 UK businesses exporting goods in 2020. Trade Agreements continue to be reached by the Department for International Trade, and Caroline is determined to help local companies take advantage of these and thrive in the high growth markets of the future, create high quality jobs and help the local area recover after the Covid crisis.
The latest research shows exports support 6.5m jobs across the UK, 74% of which are outside London. The research estimates jobs directly and indirectly supported by exports pay around 7% more than the national median, with Office for National Statistics estimating that goods exporting businesses are also 21% more productive.
Commenting, Caroline said:
"Helping local businesses rebound from the pandemic is one of my top priorities. That's why I'm delighted to be hosting this event with the aim to protect jobs and give businesses in my constituency access to information, advice and finance to sell internationally.
“The event I’m organising is free and all businesses need to do is register on the link below. Experts and experienced exporters will provide advice including on government-supported working capital and the practicalities of post-Brexit trade.
“Whether a business is new to exporting, has exported in the past or is a current exporter, participating in the programme will equip them with the support and tools they need to begin or continue their exporting journey. “
Caroline is a founding member of the Parliamentary Export Programme where selected cross-party MPs organise and chair virtual meetings with experts from business and government to support local businesses in their exporting journey.
Businesses can register to attend at www.events.great.gov.uk/website/4974/.