To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of exports linked to design; what estimate he has made of the number of businesses involved in exports linked to design; .and if he will make a statement.
The design sector is a priority for Government. Through the Creative Industries Sector Deal, Government is working with industry to increase creative industry exports – including design – by 50% by 2023.
Beyond this, DIT’s Export Strategy sets out how we will support design businesses, and others, grow sustainably through exporting. This includes through initiatives such asthe GREAT Campaign, the Tradeshow Access Programme and financial support offered by UK Export Finance.
There were 3,300 businesses in the 'Design and designer fashion' sub sector (to the nearest 100 businesses) who were exporters in 2017.