Gordon Brown Urges British Business To ‘Take it to the World’

ukti_brownThe Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged a new programme of support for British companies that seek to sustain jobs in the downturn by exporting to foreign markets.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:   “I know times are tough here and across the world right now, but there are still markets for British goods if we help businesses access them. That is why it is vital we give British businesses world class support to make the most of global opportunities and increase their activity in overseas markets.

“It is a striking fact that companies which export tend to be more resilient in a downturn – they perform stronger and are less likely to have to lay people off. A recent survey found 42% exporters had increased their turnover in the previous 12 months, compared with only 23% overall. So I am pleased to launch this new programme of support for exporters. It will be an important tool to help businesses now as they make the most of the opportunities we know are still out there, and can help British firms grow stronger in the future as we seek coordinated international action to stimulate the global economy.”

Lord Davies added: “Three quarters of the nation’s top 100 companies are based in the North West. This region demonstrates the diversity of UK business from manufacturing to creative industries.”

“In difficult times, businesses need to be flexible and innovative and seek out opportunities. I’m delighted that UK Trade & Investment is backing SMEs through ‘Gateway to Global Growth.’

“Small businesses can find it hard to break into new markets on their own and UKTI is there to help. The £3.5 million programme ‘Gateway to Global Growth’ will start from April, helping SMEs to access foreign markets where they see potential for their business.”

Meeting with over 100 of the largest business exporters in the North West, the Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Davies launched the Government’s ‘Gateway to Global Growth’ initiative, a new package of support providing specialist and tailored financial and legal advice to over 1200 businesses in the next year to support their growth internationally.

In 2008, British companies achieved exports totalling £413 billion, accounting for almost a third of UK GDP.

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13 March 2009
Extract from www.tradeinvest.gov.uk.