EEF and Government in joint drive to increase exports

Posted on 13 Nov 2015 by Jonny Williamson

EEF and the Government have joined forces in a drive to get more UK manufacturers exporting. The two have launched a free guide designed to make more manufacturers aware of the benefits and opportunities of exporting and the wealth of Government support available to help them.

The guide – Britain’s Global Adventure: the Export Opportunity – has been published to coincide with the launch of Exporting is GREAT – the Government’s biggest ever export campaign.

Britain's Global Adventure - ExportsEEF is an official partner of the campaign, which aims to inspire and support an additional 100,000 companies to export by 2020.

The guide explains the benefits to companies of exporting and the positive impact export growth will have for the wider UK economy.

It features four UK manufacturers that are already successfully exporting who explain in their own words how and why they made the leap, what the benefits have been and how they overcame any difficulties.

The four companies are:

  • BM Catalysts, which manufactures catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters
  • Naylor Industries, an award-winning specialist in the manufacturer of clay pipes, plastic drainage and concrete products
  • Sheffield Precision Medical, the contract manufacturer of orthopaedic instrumentation
  • Third Dimension, which manufactures precision measurement equipment

To further help potential exporters the guide also includes a Q&A section containing most of the commonly asked questions about exporting, plus details of key contacts for firms keen to know more.

In a foreword, the Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Maude, says that UK products are enhancing the quality of people’s lives across the globe and demonstrate the UK’s leadership and manufacturing prowess.

But he adds that the UK can and must do more as exporting is vital for ensuring UK growth and prosperity in today’s global economy.

Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF
Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF.

CEO of EEF, Terry Scuoler commented: “Export success underpins dynamic economies and growing companies. Manufacturers are already more likely to export than their peers in other sectors and account for nearly half of all UK exports. Our sector therefore has a key role to play in helping the UK achieve its ambitious export goals.

“This guide and the Government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign will do much to open manufacturers’ eyes to the world of opportunity exporting presents and the full range of support available to help them break into exciting and lucrative new markets. Awareness is critical if we are to see even more companies successfully selling UK products, design and expertise around the world.”