Help is at hand for first time exporters
by Jo Shaer, on August 10, 2015
As part of Export Week back in May, Francis Maude, the Minister for Trade & Investment has announced a new initiative for First Time Exporters.
Last year we saw 48,000 companies draw on UKTI support; these businesses went on to create or safeguard 220,440 additional jobs. I would urge businesses of all sizes to use this opportunity to find out more about the services that are available to them through UKTI, regardless of their level of exporting experience.
Businesses will have access to an online training tool called Export Savvy, as well as 100 new international trade advisors (ITAs) and 20 e-exporting digital advisors from the UKTI, who will be providing training, advice and support for businesses looking to expand into overseas markets.
The support will include a detailed review of whether the firm is ready to export and a series of workshops covering:
- how to carry out market research
- participating in trade missions abroad
- planning an exporting strategy
Find out more here
Surveys from the UKTI's trade clients reveal that
- 85% said exporting led to a ‘level of growth not otherwise possible’
- 87% said exporting had significantly improved their profile or credibility
- 78% said exporting had given them exposure to new ideas
- 73% said exporting had increased the commercial lifespan of products or services
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