SME Growth Hack - UKTI Introduction


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SME Growth Hack - UKTI Introduction

  1. 1. UK Trade & Investment Joanne Freeman Deputy Regional Director, London London International Trade Team 2 2
  2. 2. UK Government’s Ambitions • Double UK exports to £1 trillion a year by 2020 • 100,000 more UK companies exporting by 2020 • One in four UK companies to export (European average) rather than one in five at present • Maintain the UK’s position as the most favoured location in Europe for inward investment • Become the number one location in Europe for investment from emerging markets 3
  3. 3. UK Trade & Investment’s Mission • Support UK companies to grow their business through international trade • Connect UK business to the world’s top commercial opportunities • Attract high quality inward investment to the UK • Establish whole-of-government relationships with major wealth creators to increase exports and investment 4
  4. 4. UKTI’s Global Presence • UKTI has more than 1,200 staff in over 100 overseas markets and around 400 people across UK regions • UKTI teams identify business opportunities around the world. They support businesses throughout the UK • Our advisers are from the private sector, with experience in international trade/investment • In London and the South East there are more than 80 International Trade Advisers 5 UKTI has more than 1,200 staff in over 100 overseas markets
  5. 5. International Trade Advisers (ITAs) Experienced international businesspeople. Give help and advice which is relevant and appropriate to your business. May include: One-to-one advice:  Passport to Export 12 month programme for new exporters  Gateway to Global Growth 12 month programme for experienced exporters Overseas contacts: UKTI staff; Missions and conferences Financial support (small): Tradeshow Access Programme 6 6
  6. 6. UKTI Impartial Advice & Strategic Support • Strategic and export business advice • Market information and research • Assistance in Identifying partners and potential customers • Assistance to promote company products • Support to visit markets • Support whilst in market • Identification of Business opportunities 7
  7. 7. Passport to Export • Support programme for new exporters • £500+VAT commitment fee • Up to £3,000 matched funding to help you implement specific export plans • Winning and Delivering Business Overseas workshop • Discounted access to a programme of export training  Benefits: overcome barriers, gain confidence to explore new markets, ongoing support, develop skills and understanding 8 8
  8. 8. Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) • Market intelligence to evaluate effectively and research competitive environment • Tailored introduction to desired contacts in foreign markets, potential partners, and buyers alike • Bespoke support from UKTI staff overseas • Access to British Embassies and Consulates • Chargeable service 10 10
  9. 9. Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) • Participate in an overseas trade show as part of a group of UK businesses led by an Accredited Trade Organisation (ATO) • Establish contacts with buyers, agents, distributors and customers • Limited financial support available 11 11
  10. 10. Export Communications Review (ECR) • Helps identify gaps and issues in marketing communications and maximise the effectiveness of communications with overseas customers.  Benefits: handle enquiries from export markets competently, build international image, action plan for improving international communications 13 13
  11. 11. Further information Joanne Freeman, Deputy Regional Director, London +44 (0) 20 7234 3044 Social media 16