20,000 business opportunities for UK exporters showcased online

16 Nov 2018 02:45 PM

The enhanced Export Opportunities service for UK companies will be showcased on GREAT.gov.uk by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

The UK is one of the first countries in the world provide this online service, following the launch of the Export Strategy and an ambitious drive to boost British exports.

Speaking in Bristol this morning, Dr Fox will set out how the easy-to-use digital service lists business opportunities around the world from companies that want our products and gives manufacturers in the UK a unique opportunity to sell across the globe.

Examples on the service include:

Discover thousands of export opportunities online today.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said:

From exporting cheese to Hong Kong, online degree courses to China and frozen products to France – DIT has already helped thousands of companies to export, with exports now at a record high.

Now there are more than 20,000 export opportunities available to search online, helping UK companies sell their goods overseas – and help meet our ambition for Britain to become a 21st century exporting superpower.

As an international economic department, we are determined to see the UK thrive and to help support, connect and grow UK companies on the world stage through our international network.

Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:

Alerting businesses to new export opportunities is a very beneficial part of DIT’s work and the IoD looks forward to keeping its members engaged with the expansion of its database.

We have long called for the Government to collect information on tender calls overseas and are pleased to see businesses will now have a central point of information through which to access this.

Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, said:

76% of smaller businesses are reactive exporters, responding to specific requests from customers in overseas markets and therefore initiatives such as Enhanced Export Opportunities that help to connect buyers to sellers in the UK are welcome.

E-commerce can also be particularly helpful when selling to markets further afield (with almost half of all small business exporters having used e-commerce). Therefore it is important for Government to promote awareness of initiatives such as the Selling Online overseas tool to both current and potential smaller business exporters.

The Export Strategy sets out how the government will support businesses of all sizes to make the most of the opportunities presented by markets around the world.

A government-led collaboration with business, developed after extensive engagement with a range of UK firms - the Strategy sets a new ambition from the government to increase exports as a proportion of UK GDP to 35%.

It presents a streamlined and targeted offer for businesses of all sizes, set to raise productivity, boost wages and protect employment across the UK.

Research shows that companies that export have increased growth potential, are more productive and have better paid jobs.

Since the launch of the Export Strategy, the government has developed and rolled out new measures and enhanced existing services that will specifically help small businesses these include:

Enhanced Export Opportunities - presenting UK businesses with overseas opportunities gathered from our overseas network and from around the world

Exporting is GREAT Facebook Exporters Community – The first step in creating an online community for small businesses to be inspired by the experience of successful exporters and ask their peers for exporting advice and tips

A National Trade Academy Programme

The Export Strategy lays the foundation for how we plan to support businesses in the years ahead and ensure the UK economy is fit for the future.

This is just the start – in the months ahead DIT will lead work across government to assess what more we can do to support UK business to achieve a step change in their exporting performance.

Discover thousands of export opportunities online today.

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