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Date: 20/04/2016

Businesses that sell overseas become 34% more productive in their first year, whilst those already selling overseas achieve 59% faster productivity growth than non-exporters.

This week, numerous businesses have taken part in events for “Exporting is GREAT week” around the country, the Government’s initiative to get 100,000 companies exporting by 2020. The campaign saw over 9,300 responses to export opportunities and 1200 companies taking advantage of the Exporting is GREAT roadshow between its launch in November 2015 and February 2016.

Supporting exporters and potential exporters remains a priority locally. Between 01 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, UK Trade & Investment Herefordshire & Worcestershire assisted 426 companies in the region with export support and provided specialist services to over 60 medium sized businesses, delivering an overall total of £127.7 million of export business wins. We are pleased that for Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey for Quarter One, 89% of respondents recorded an increase or no change in domestic sales and export sales.

UKTI are keen to continue to support businesses in the two counties of all sizes, both novice and experienced exporters, through assisting with strategic planning, providing diagnostics, facilitating events and master classes and giving one on one support. UKTI are hosting free drop in export clinics every Wednesday at the Hereford Business Solutions Centre at Skylon Court in Hereford, where you can meet one on one with an advisor to find out more about exporting and the benefits it can bring to your business, discover how to maximise a global network of embassies and learn about the services and support available.

Linda Smith, Director of International Trade at the Chamber, said: “Come and tell us about your business and let us guide you with practical information to help your international sales grow”.

To have a look at how UKTI Herefordshire & Worcestershire have been helping companies trade internationally recently, please click here!