SMEs across the country are being urged to get involved in UK Trade & Investment’s Export Week, which is taking place now until April 11th.
An itinerary of 70 events is already underway, with trade workshops and seminars, along with sessions on marketing and intellectual property.
The event builds on estimates from the Confederation of British Industry, which believes that the UK economy could receive between £20 billion and £50 billion if all mid-sized businesses were to reach their full potential.
Particular focus is being given to the high-growth export region of south-east Asia, described as ‘sizzling’ in the name of a UKTI roadshow travelling around Britain during Export Week.
In 2013 alone, British exports to Burma rose by 244%, highlighting the potential of this region alone, and alongside other developing markets.
Trade minister Lord Livingston said: “There has never been a better time for Britain’s businesses to break into new international markets.
“Exports to high-growth markets like China, India and Brazil are at all-time highs … exporting helps companies grow.”
The Sizzling Southeast Asia Roadshow is at Leicester Football Club, Aylestone Rd, on April 9th, and you can book a place in advance.
Other events on the itinerary look at Ireland and Africa as regions for export potential, as well as how to treat intellectual property as a business asset that must be protected.