The Department for International Trade (DIT) is to host more than 100 events and workshops this week across the UK to support and encourage businesses to explore their expansion into international markets.
Supporting the workshops will be a new campaign launched by the minister for exports Mike Freer, ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’, which will champion local export success stories and promote opportunities in international markets.
Catalyst to export
International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the trade week would serve as a catalyst for businesses to sell to new markets and take advantage of the trade deals we are negotiating.
“My department has a clear message to any business thinking about exporting for the first time –there has never been a better time to export,” she added.
“Our industry experts in Trade and Investment Hubs around the UK and based around the world will stand shoulder to shoulder and give you the support you need to take the next step on your exporting journey and sell to the world.”
More than 6.5m jobs in the UK are supported by exports, with exporters paying higher wages and tend to be more resilient, innovative and profitable, according to the DIT.
Levelling up the UK
The Government has labelled exports as central to its ambition to ‘level up’ every part of the UK – which is why exporters who get involved with this campaign will have access to marketing materials specific to their hometown or region.
“The UK makes some of the best products in the world, but only 1 in 10 businesses currently export them around the world,” Trevelyan added. “I want this International Trade Week to be a catalyst for businesses to sell to new markets and take advantage of the trade deals we are negotiating.”
Meanwhile, the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee is to quiz the Government about its response to the labour shortage crisis in the food and farming sectors of the economy.