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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to assist design companies to secure work with international clients.
The design industry is one of the UK's strengths, and something which we are already renowned for across the world. Design is a priority sector for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), which has a programme in place to assist UK design companies wishing to expand into overseas markets. This includes running a series of overseas trade missions to priority markets such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Mexico this year. In addition, Lord Marland recently led missions to China and Brazil to coincide with the Beijing and Brazil Design Weeks. UKTI also supports groups of design companies wishing to exhibit at key overseas trade fairs such as the Milan Furniture Fair, Maison et Objet in Paris and International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, and works closely with industry bodies, such as British Design Innovation and the Design Business Association, to ensure that design companies are well informed about overseas opportunities.