Local MP Caroline Dinenage is supporting the Department for International Trade and the Exporting is GREAT campaign to inspire local businesses to begin exporting.
Research has found that many businesses have the potential to export but don’t, whereas others may already be selling abroad but could significantly increase their exports with the right support and encouragement.
A website set up by the government to make it quicker, more cost effective and easier for UK businesses to export and find investors can give one-to-one advice sessions, provide international introductions and help to access export finance.
Both the Government and private sector have a range of services available to help new and existing exporters, these have been brought together in a single website that acts as a one stop digital destination for trade and investment, bringing together UK businesses, international buyers, international investors and online marketplaces. It will give access to millions of pounds’ worth of potential overseas business, as well as signpost to first class information, preferential deals with e-commerce sites and great support services to help businesses win lucrative contracts
Between January and March 2019 18,009 South East businesses were selling products overseas and in the 12 months to March 2019, goods exports from the South East were worth £47.7 billion
Speaking about the website, Caroline said:
“I’m passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses grow because it benefits our local economy. Research has shown again and again that exporters are more productive, adaptable and resilient. Exporters achieve a stronger bottom line and are more likely to stay in business. However - while there are over 2.5 million registered UK businesses - only 11% of them export.
Too often, businesses are unsure of how to get started exporting or take the next step onto the global marketplace. GREAT.gov.uk matches supply and demand, puts power in the hands of businesses to start exporting or attract investors, and makes doing business abroad as attractive as it is to do business at home.”
For more information please visit www.GREAT.gov.uk.