UK Trade and Investment: Berkshire

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th October 2013.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Chair, Members' Expenses Committee, Chair, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises in Berkshire have started exporting for the first time as a direct result of the work of UK Trade and Industry South East in the last (a) 12 months and (b) two years.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

In the last 12 months (from September 2012 to August 2013), the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South East International Trade Team supported 175 enterprises from Berkshire to export overseas. 30 of these were supported through the Passport to Export programme, 21 through the Gateway to Global Growth programme and 124 through other significant one-to-one assistance by the South East International Trade Advisers.

In the 12 months prior (from September 2011 to August 2012), the UKTI South East International Trade Team supported 114 enterprises from Berkshire to export overseas. 17 of these were supported through the Passport to Export programme, 18 through the Gateway to Global Growth programme and 79 through other significant one to one assistance by the South East International Trade Advisers.

We do not capture data on companies who export for the first time, but to be eligible for the Passport to Export programme a company must not have had exports that are greater than 25% of turnover, or proactive exports that are greater than 10%. They must also meet the EU definition of a small and medium-sized enterprise which is less than 250 employees. Companies are accepted onto the programme after a thorough assessment by an International Trade Adviser to ensure they meet the criteria and are likely to benefit from the programme.

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