The latest UK trade figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the deficit in the first quarter of 2016 stood at £13.3 billion. We have not seen a quarterly trade deficit of this size since the early days of the financial crisis. The Government has a real challenge ahead if it hopes to meet its target to increase the value of exports to £1 trillion and support 100,000 new exporters by 2020. Small businesses can make a significant contribution to this target but they need tailored support. We will be urgently discussing how to make funding and support more effective for small firms looking to export with new minister Lord Price. Read the full press release. You may also like 08 January 2019 Veganuary: growing market for businesses to dine out on meat-free boom 07 January 2019 Make wellbeing a priority in 2019 24 December 2018 Five hacks for small business finances 03 November 2017 Weekly Brief 45 – Friday 3 November 2017 16 August 2016 Apprenticeships twitter chat 12 April 2016 Can businesses save town centres?