Trade Promotion

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th February 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote trade opportunities for UK businesses in high-growth markets.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Increasing exports, to all overseas markets, is a key factor in the Government’s long-term economic plan. Government departments are working together to support UK businesses looking to take advantage of overseas opportunities and to create a strong business environment that allows them to flourish both at home and overseas. A key part of this work is to identify export opportunities, many of which are based around the needs of high-growth and emerging markets.

This effort to drive economic growth is supported in part by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme, a group of appointed parliamentarians drawn from across the political spectrum. Envoys are carefully selected for their experience, skills and knowledge of particular sectors or markets, or their knowledge of business in an effort to identify substantial trade and investment opportunities. There are now 24 Trade Envoys covering 50 high-growth and emerging markets.

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