Region’s exporter numbers decline

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New data from the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) shows that the number of companies exporting in the West Midlands has dropped by 1.8% between Q2 and Q3 of this year.

A recent poll of more than 300 companies conducted by IOE&IT found that UK businesses want more education (66%) and technical support (69%) to help them make the most of the Free Trade Agreements the Government are signing.

To help West Midlands businesses, IOE&IT is launching a complimentary Exporting Starter Pack Voucher, which will provide £2,500 worth of training for businesses. The voucher gives West Midlands businesses access to a comprehensive webinar programme, led by IOE&IT’s team of international trade and customs experts.

Marco Forgione, director general of the IOE&IT said: “The idea that the UK is facing its longest recession since records began is incredibly concerning. Trade will be a key tool in helping this country’s economy through some difficult months to come.

“With the launch of this new scheme we continue our commitment to support growth and this series of webinars will equip businesses with the tools they need to trade compliantly and effectively with the world. I would encourage all West Midlands based businesses to take advantage of this offer and register for this series and learn from our experts.”

He added: “International trade is a force for good and trade education can stimulate growth within an organisation and the wider economy to minimise the impact of any recession.”