UK Exports

Part of International Trade – in the House of Commons on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am asking this question on behalf of my hon. Friend Dame Nia Griffith, who is away on parliamentary business.

There is a concern among businesses that unlike its predecessor, the trade access programme, the current trade show programme will support a company only if it is exhibiting for the first time or venturing into new markets. We all know that marketing for export requires repeated efforts. There is evidence that there is now a drop in the number of UK exhibitors in some sectors, just when the Government are struggling to stimulate growth in the UK economy. Will the Minister now listen to businesses hoping to export, make the scheme more generous and widen the access criteria to allow businesses to benefit from the support by attending more than once?