Small Businesses: Exports

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of number of SMEs that (a) export, and (b) expressed an intention to stop exporting in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The latest published figures from the ONS Business Survey for the calendar year 2017, estimate the number of SMEs (i.e. businesses with an employment size of less than 250) that exported goods and/or services at 232,300.

We have no evidence to suggest that businesses will stop exporting if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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