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Exporting is GREAT - major opportunities programme launches

UK companies will benefit from a unique programme presenting real-time export opportunities in all sectors, across the world.

UK companies are set to benefit from a unique new 5 year programme presenting real-time export opportunities that businesses can apply for online. This is part of a move to get 100,000 additional companies exporting by 2020.

Launched today (9 November 2015) in Gateshead, Exporting is GREAT is part of the GREAT campaign.

It presents live export opportunities to businesses, across a range of media outlets and digital channels. Hundreds of these export opportunities, with a potential total value of more than £300 million, are hosted on a new platform, www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk, with many more set to come online each month.

Speaking at today at Sage Gateshead, Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Francis Maude, said:

Travelling overseas in my capacity as Minister for Trade, I see first-hand the demand that exists for UK products and services but many companies don’t realise this demand exists.

We are confident that through this campaign, by raising awareness of and providing access to these opportunities, together with giving companies the practical advice and guidance they need, we will inspire and support thousands of new companies in an exciting new venture of selling overseas.

Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sage, which is supporting Exporting is GREAT said:

We’re passionate about supporting businesses at every stage of their growth. Exporting is a significant step on the journey – one that many small and medium businesses don’t feel they have the support or knowledge to take.

Our customers tell us that awareness of the opportunities and more government and industry support would help them make the move, so we are thrilled to be supporting Exporting is GREAT.

Exporting is GREAT will provide advice and expertise to support businesses at every step on their exporting journey, from initial interest to selling in market.

This will include a year-long roadshow that will travel the UK, giving face-to-face assistance to potential exporters. It will use the latest technology to connect these businesses with live export opportunities.

This was published originally by UK Trade and Investment which has since moved to the Department for International Trade (DIT).