International Trade Week launched to support new exporters
The Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced that the first International Trade Week will take place from 15 to 19 November across the UK, aiming to encourage UK businesses to export and sell to the world.
It will also showcase the long-term support that is available to help them to do so by way of business- and sector-led activities, showcasing events and workshops available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors hosted by expert trade advisors, parliamentarians and Ministers.
While figures show that businesses who export are more productive and pay their staff more, only one in 10 British firms currently export.
CBI International Director, Andy Burwell, said: “There has never been a more important time to talk trade, for businesses to embrace it and for all to realise the prizes exporting brings - increased revenue, jobs, innovation and productivity. The International Trade Week must be a launchpad to get our nation exporting.”
Businesses across the country who are considering exporting for the first time are being encouraged to join the ambitious, new week-long event to get the advice they need to take the plunge.
They can sign up at www.events.great.gov.uk for details of virtual and physical events in their local area.
Urging them to do so, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Head of International Affairs, James Sibley, said: “Small firms are the backbone of our economy, and as we sign new trade deals around the world, it’s vital that these businesses have the support and information they need to become successful small exporters as part of the government’s global Britain and levelling up ambitions.”