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Export support for small businesses examined

22 March 2017

The International Trade Committee begins its inquiry into support for exports and investment by examining the work of the Department for International Trade (DIT) in helping businesses to expand into overseas markets.

Witnesses

Wednesday 22 March 2017, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Dr Adam Marshall, Director General for Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce
  • James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce

Purpose of the session

The Committee hears from representatives of the British Chambers of Commerce and North East England Chamber of Commerce. The session provides an opportunity for representatives of UK businesses to give their experience of Government support given to their members.

The session focuses on the quality of support given to small and medium exporters, as well as their role in meeting the Government's export targets.

Government support has come in for criticism for being focused on the needs of larger businesses. Smaller businesses have found it difficult to obtain face-to-face advice, which they value highly, and found online support too generic.

How has the Government responded to these criticisms and how will they make small exporters a key part of the UK's trade future?

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