Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Does UKTI do enough to encourage exports?

    Posted 20/08/2015

    The UK trade deficit narrowed to £1.2bn in April from £3.1bn in March this year after exports increased by £700m. This improvement in the trade balance was largely down to trade with countries outside the EU. However, the longer term position continues to cause concern and places increased scrutiny on what the Government is doing to support export growth. Who is responsible and are they doing enough? If not, what are the alternatives?

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    Posted in: Export, Opportunities for SMEs

  • UKTI and the First Time Exporters Initiative

    Posted 07/08/2015

    In May this year, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) launched a programme to support young businesses looking to break into the export market. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, it was announced by Francis Maude, Minister for Trade and Investment at the start of Export Week 2015. This is an annual event which takes place across the UK, with each region holding several events designed to encourage British companies to export or expand into new markets.  In this week’s blog, we’re taking a closer look at the detail of  the First Time Exporters Initiative.

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    Posted in: Export