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The Issue

With one in three either importing or exporting, small firms make a serious contribution to the UK economy. In an increasingly globalised business landscape, exporting offers many opportunities for small businesses to compete, grow and innovate. However, the proportion of small firms that export – one in five – has remained static for many years.

Our recent report – Destination Export: The small business export landscape – shows finding customers, promoting products and dealing with exchange rates are the most common exporting challenges for small firms. Confidence and knowing where to go for support are also barriers. Brexit presents an opportunity for the UK to negotiate new trade relationships with other countries. However, small businesses also face uncertainty over future access to the European market after the UK leaves the EU.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re working with the Department for International Trade to help more small businesses, especially start-ups and younger businesses, to export.
  • We’re official partners on the Government’s Exporting is Great campaign, working to match individual businesses to interested overseas customers.
  • We are campaigning to ensure that small businesses have simple access to European markets. 

Our Goal

To support for small businesses to be in the best position to capitalise on the trade opportunities presented by Brexit. This also includes ensuring any free trade agreements reflect the specific needs and potential of small businesses.

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