The UK’s success is built on the hard work and ingenuity of small businesses like yours. It’s your leadership, your talent and your determination to make the most of every opportunity that creates jobs and drives growth across our country.

As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for you to reach out to new customers and lucrative new markets beyond the UK has never been greater.

Whatever your sector, there’s a market out there for your products or services. That goes for established markets, like the European Union (EU) and US, and high-growth markets such as Brazil, India, China, Colombia, Indonesia and others.

Right now, UK businesses are selling tea to China, wine to France and boomerangs to Australia. The world wants to buy what we’re selling. For them, brand UK is a mark of quality, innovation and excellence.

And the UK is a global leader in some of the world’s fastest-growing and/or innovative sectors: agriculture, creative industries, advanced engineering, high-value manufacturing, defence and security, education and skills, energy and infrastructure, professional services, food and drink, healthcare, ICT, life sciences and retail. The list goes on and the benefits of exporting are too good to miss.

 Again and again, research shows that exporters, of all sizes, are more productive, innovative and resilient to economic downturns; achieve a stronger bottom line; boost their reputation and profile; and are more likely to stay in business.

Of course, making the move into any new market – especially when you’re dealing with a different language, culture or regulations – can feel like a leap into the unknown. But you don’t need to be an old hand at exporting to have an impact globally. Two in five of the UK’s smallest exporters – that’s companies with fewer than 10 employees – are already doing business in at least one high-growth market. To put it simply, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

We want to inspire you to make that move overseas and seize the growth it can bring so we’re working with organisations passionate about helping UK companies like yours to export and excel.

Visit www.export.great.gov.uk or email info@tradenw.org now to access live export opportunities around the world, training sessions, business seminars and other events, as well as specialist trade services and support.

The demand is out there. You could be too.

If you want to give your business a bigger competitive edge, enter the BIBAs today.

Nominations Close: 6th April 2018