Export week supports mid-sized firms to boost economy by up to £50bn

Global Opportunities publication to be launched by Trade Minister Lord Livingston at this week’s British Expertise annual awards to set out the UK infrastructure export agenda.

Lord Livingston

Thousands of companies across the UK will be targeted with help and advice designed to drive the nation’s export activity as the government-backed Export Week gets underway, Trade Minister Lord Livingston has announced.

Livingston will underpin this message at an address to the annual British Expertise Awards tomorrow (Thursday) at which Global Opportunities, a new document celebrating UK infrastructure excellence, will be launched. 

The Global Opportunities publication is supported by EY and Barclays and showcases some of the UK’s current activities and successes around the globe and features insight from the major players from across the world of global infrastructure design, delivery and financing.


Infrastructure Intelligence is a key supporter of the initiative and has contributed to the publication by running a round table discussion looking at the opportunities and challenges around global project finance. 


For details and to receive a copy email

Global Opportunities is backed by British Expertise and UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) with support from EY and Barclays, and will be a key part of Export Week, which runs until 11 April.

This new publication is designed to demonstrate the expertise and global infrastructure design and delivery excellence within UK business.

The week features 70 events for small and mid-sized firms nationwide with companies attending seminars, trade workshops, intellectual property and marketing workshops across the country. 

Earlier this year Lord Livingston announced that all 8,900 mid-sized businesses in the UK will be offered support from a dedicated relationship manager as well as tailored trade advice. At the time the Confederation of British Industries estimated that if mid-sized businesses reach their full potential, it would be worth up to £50bn to the UK economy.

Launching UK Trade & Investment’s fifth Export Week on Monday, Trade Minister Lord Livingston highlighted the huge global opportunities available to UK expertise overseas.

“There has never been a better time for Britain’s businesses to break into new international markets and Export Week will highlight the lucrative opportunities available and how we can help firms take advantage,” he said. “Exports to high-growth markets like China, India and Brazil are at all time highs and show that the Government’s long term economic plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit is working.”

He highlighted initiatives such as the 'Sizzling Southeast Asia Roadshow’ which will be travelling across the country to help demonstrate the growing opportunities in the region as an example of positive steps being taken to help open doors to smaller firms. 

"Exporting helps companies grow and research shows that exporters do better with UKTI's help. I encourage all companies with global ambitions to get in contact with UKTI this week.”

For details of UKTI's Export Week click here 


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