Figures released by Defra have shown that overseas sales of UK food and drink continued to soar in 2017, reaching record levels. Exports of over £22 billion were recorded, with 13.4 million tonnes of goods sent abroad. This represents an increase of more than £2...read more
34% of South East businesses surveyed expecting overseas sales to increase over the next six months.
The South East may be doing well, but the rest of country needs to do better. UKITS is available to any and every UK business wanting help with any aspect of international trade, inbound or outbound.read more
International trade has never been easier. Perceived barriers are more than ever just that, perceived, not real. ‘The demand is out there’ for sure, and British quality is a key selling point. Only confidence is missing and with the right help and support, that too is now on hand for those with the ambition to try.read more
I just downloaded a copy of the Global Economic Prospects (2017) report by The World Bank. Not the lightest of reading but interesting for those of us with an interest in international trade.read more
Many UK businesses will be considering a trade mission in 2018.
A trade mission can be a key instrument in developing overseas business, but how effective a trade mission is remains inconclusive. Immediate benefits are often not forthcoming for those taking part and so it is indirect results, sometime after, that are used to justify them.read more
The Vote Leave campaign won the referendum war, but are Brexiteers losing the peace? Each day we see a barrage of media stories citing the difficulties of Brexit. And in recent weeks, we’ve seen the same old Project Fear-style economic analysis rising like a phoenix...read more
I wrote an article last year, just after Yorkshire day (August 1st), pointing out the lack of recognition and support it seemed to get; on the street you’d have been forgiven for thinking it was just another day! A year later, I am wondering what to expect and whether...read more
While our minority government struggles to survive, not surprisingly its attentions seem focussed on its own navel. Meanwhile, the country it is charged with serving is left to get on with things – so it’s business as usual. British businesses, particularly SMEs, are...read more
Given the position the country is in, post Brexit, and the efforts the government is putting into persuading them, many UK SMEs could and should be trading internationally but are not, and based on the first-hand information I have, it’s often for one of four main...read more
A lot of businesses (mostly SMEs) who come to me for help with international trade, particularly those interested in export and new market entry, do so having first been frustrated by their own efforts.read more