The government has recently launched it’s ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ plan.
What is the aim of the plan?
The aim of this plan is to almost double UK exports around the world to £1 trillion per year. Last year the UK exported £600 billion in goods overseas. However, it is reported that only one in ten GB businesses currently export abroad. The UK government wants to support exporting as research conducted in 2016 found that exports support 6.5 million UK jobs and businesses that export pay higher wages. In addition, businesses that export goods are found to be 21% more productive on average. The announcement of this plan comes after Boris Johnson said he would transform the UK into a ‘high wage, high skill, high productivity economy’ at the Conservative Party conference in October.
How will this benefit businesses?
The 12-point strategy will enable businesses to access the tools they need to benefit from the free trade deals and increase the number of goods exported from the UK. This will open new opportunities for small businesses across the UK.
The 12-point strategy includes:
- An Export Support Service: An exporting helpline on selling goods and services.
- The UK Tradeshow Programme: Designed to help businesses promote their products outside of London and the South East.
- Export Academy: The academy will invite business owners and managers to business events to help them with the challenges of first-time exporting.
- The European Regional Development Fund: This fund will support 7,500 SMEs in England to export and internationalise.
To find out more about the plan please read the full government publication here
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