Trade Promotion

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to implement the recommendations in the report by the British Chambers of Commerce, “Exporting is Good for Britain but Breaking into New Markets Requires Planning” to promote training and mentoring for market research, export planning and product development; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government agrees with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) about the importance of training and mentoring for market research, export planning and product development. The export promotion services offered by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), including their Passport to Export programme and Export Marketing Research Scheme, provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly new and inexperienced exporters, to build their skills and capability to plan, research and develop a strategy for market entry. Modest amounts of financial support are available from UKTI under those schemes, including for companies to undertake overseas market visits and to participate in overseas trade exhibitions.

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