Welsh Businesses ‘Look Towards The World’ As Government Hosts Export Summit
4,000 small businesses in Wales exported for the first time in 2015
The UK government has hosted an export summit to help small businesses in Wales export their products across the globe.
The Wales Business Export Summit, which was held in Cardiff City Hall yesterday, saw more than 50 Welsh enterprises attend – with representatives from the Wales Office and the Department for International Trade hosting.
Attendees received practical advice on applying for export grants, market intelligence and intellectual property (IP) among other things.
4,000 small businesses in Wales exported for the first time in 2015, with the value of Welsh exports hitting £11.6bn in 2015.
Speaking on the challenges Brexit could have for Welsh businesses, Alun Cairns, secretary of state for Wales, said:
“We recognised that this [Brexit] would provide some challenges for all Welsh businesses and as mentioned to me by the chairman of CBI, businesses thrive on change and have shown great resilience. However, we also recognise that this is a time of great opportunity, for the UK, Welsh businesses and the economy.
“As part of the United Kingdom, Wales benefits from the economic security and international influence that comes from pooling our resources and sharing our successes with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. We need to make sure businesses in Wales have every tool in the box available to them, to take advantage of the opportunities presented.”
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