UKTI Export Week 2012

Export Week 2012Alongside Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012, Monday 12th November sees the launch of UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Export Week 2012.

Whilst GEW UK is looking to encourage people to start their own businesses, improve the business skills of aspiring entrepreneurs and promote access to practical support, Export Week 2012 seeks to boost Britain’s exports.

UKTI is the Government department tasked with ensuring the international success of British businesses in overseas markets with Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, the Minister of State for Trade & Investment in charge of the department.

With Global Entrepreneurship Week expected to be in full flow over the next week, it’s important that existing businesses also get access to the best, most practical advice they can for doing business abroad.

As a gauge of how UKTI can help UK SMEs, there are a number of stats from the department:

  • 90% of the firms supported by UKTI are SMEs
  • On average, businesses helped by UKTI win additional sales of around £100,000 within 18 months an half of those businesses win a further £600,000 within 2 years
  • Exporters tend to be more competitive & innovative than those that only do business at home

To help UK small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve international business Export Week 2012 has a number of events across the country ranging from talks on encouraging British firms to look at the positives of exporting to tips for winning overseas trade.

In addition there will be seminars talking about High Value Opportunities (HVOs), workshops on export finance and a nationwide roadshow.

UKTI aims to double the number of UK small businesses that export to 50,000 over the next 2-3 years so small businesses who are willing to take the plunge are encouraged to join in Export Week 2012.

To find an event in your area that appeals to you and your business you can search Export Week events. – there will be more than 100 events across the nation.

You can follow UKTI’s official twitter account at and follow tweets about Export Week 2012 that are tagged with the #ExportWeek hashtag.

Export Week 2012 starts on Monday 12th November and runs until Friday 16th November.

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If you can’t wait for Export Week 2012 then look at our business advice section dedicated to all things exporting: From the Key Questions to Ask Before you Export to Making and Receiving Payments Within Europe.

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