UKEF agrees $50m finance scheme for Russian business to buy British

Posted on 14 Nov 2013 by Tim Brown

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is to help stimulate exports to Russia by making available $50m in finance to Russian businesses that are looking to buy UK goods and services.

The finance facility will be managed by Russian Alfa Bank and a memorandum of understanding was signed during a two-day trade visit to Russia led by Business Secretary Vince Cable, and comes as the Government launches its ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign.

The MOU sets out UKEF’s and Alfa Bank’s intention to establish a $50m finance scheme which will provide financing for UK export contracts, and is particularly geared towards exports to Russia by small and medium enterprises in Britain.

The proposed facility is set to be the first under the umbrella of UKEF’s Direct Lending Scheme. It will enable UKEF to provide funding to Alfa Bank, for them to make medium-term loans to Russian businesses buying goods and services from UK exporters. The $50 million facility will be available for export contracts over £1m.

Trade Minister Lord Green
Trade Minister Lord Green
“Our exports to Russia have nearly tripled since 2002 and it is set to be the largest market for UK goods exports outside of the US, the EU and China,” said Trade Minister Lord Green. “Today’s trade delegation aims to identify and secure further opportunities for UK exporters.”

“Making it easier for British firms to export must be a priority for rebalancing the economy. But exporting is not just for big corporates or the tech sector, and that is why we have launched the new ‘Exporting is GREAT campaign’, focused specifically on small and medium-sized businesses.”

Head of Project Marketing at UK Export Finance, John Snowdon said: “This facility offers UK companies the opportunity to expand into Russia by ensuring Russian buyers are able to access competitive financing to pay for UK goods and services. The parameters of the facility are set to target finance at contracts between £1m and £25m.”