Business West wins new contract to help SMEs in Wiltshire export

By Anita Jaynes on 20 February, 2015

Business West have won a five-year contract to deliver export support to businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire, Trade Minister Lord Livingston has announced.

Business West were selected by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the length of the contract will give businesses consistency and underline the Government’s long term commitment to increase the number of companies that export.

The new initiative will  help companies start exporting or increase their overseas business by finding customers in new markets, taking part in trade shows and exporting online around the world.

The length of the contract also means that South West companies will be eligible to bid for a national pot of up to £100 million in additional export support through the European Structural & Investment Funds.

Russell Jones, UKTI Regional Director in the South West said: “We are pleased to continue working with Business West. Through them we are able to help the region’s businesses and provide them with vital support so they can export successfully.

“Increasing exports is vital to the future success of the UK economy and I’m confident that by delivering support to exporters locally, through our International Trade Advisers and our extensive overseas network, we will help even more companies from the South West to realise their overseas business ambitions.”

Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, said: “As holders of the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) contract over the last seven years, we have been remarkably successful in promoting international trade to thousands of businesses in the South West and we take enormous pride in winning the contract for another five years.  This will enable Business West to continue to provide all the help a business needs to start up and grow at home and overseas.

“Successful export businesses achieve greater growth, more durability and higher profitability.  We strongly encourage South West businesses to take advantage of growing global opportunities and to take up UKTI’s extensive services at each stage of the export journey.

“We are starting from a good position, with the ‘Made in Britain’ label being seen across the globe as desirable – associated with quality.  People are willing to spend their money on UK products and services, so if a business has been successful selling at home, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t be successful selling overseas.

“Business West, as holder of the UKTI contract, is looking forward to capturing the imagination of businesses and continuing to encourage them to #GetExporting, – all the while assisting the government in its pledge to double UK exports to £1,000,000,000 a year by 2020.”

Pictured above: Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West