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The Issue

With one in three either importing or exporting, small firms make a serious contribution to the UK economy. In an increasingly globalised business landscape, exporting offers many opportunities for small businesses to compete, grow and innovate. However, the proportion of small firms that export – 1 in 5 – has remained static for many years.

Our latest report – Destination Export: The small business export landscape  - shows findings customers, marketing and promoting their products and exchange rates as the most common exporting challenges for small firms. Confidence and knowing where to go for support are also particular barriers for potential exporters. 

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re working with the Department for International Trade to help more small businesses, especially start-ups and younger businesses, to export.
  • We’re official partners on the Government’s Exporting is Great campaign, working to match individual businesses to interested overseas customers.
  • We are consulting with members to understand the impact that Brexit may have on their business – concerns and opportunities.
  • We are campaigning to ensure that small businesses have simple access to European markets. 

Our Goal

The Government wants to increase the number of small and micro businesses exporting and to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. To meet these targets we want start-ups, first time exporters and young businesses to be the priority for support.

"The biggest problem we face exporting is the cost and delay in importing and exporting computer hardware through customs. The knock-on delays can be frustrating if you’re trying to meet a deadline” FSB Member.

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