The case for business
In November 2021, the government published its Exports Strategy. In it, the Prime Minister highlighted how the strategy will help level up the whole United Kingdom, spreading opportunity and prosperity right around the country.
Selling goods and services overseas increases business productivity and growth and has a big impact on regional and national economies.
Evidence also shows that businesses trading overseas experience higher growth, productivity, and are more likely to innovate.
Total exports of goods in 2021, an increase of £29.2 billion (9.4%) compared with 2020
Less than 10% of UK businesses export
14% of UK exporters are ‘superstars’ (10+ products sold to 10+ markets) compared to 40% in Germany
The CBI has created this toolkit, in partnership with our members, to help firm grow globally. Discover resources to support your business' progress globally.
Not sure where to start? The case for action and the support available to your business
Discover the CBI's Make the UK an exporting superpower campaign.
Learn about the benefits of exporting.
Find out why every region and nation of the UK must maximise its links to overseas markets, if Levelling Up is to become a reality.
Catch up on the CBI @10am: Making the UK a trading powerhouse.
Practical actions you can take to start your journey
Expand your trade abroad – find out key questions and resources for your business to consider, to help you increase your exports abroad.to grow your business globally.
Drive export ROI and unlock increased profits - Discover research from Aston University and the Association of Translation Companies on language capabilities and exports growth, and what firms can do to assess their readiness to increase international sales and profits.
Learn from other businesses and take the next step on your journey
Discover how the Trade in Services Council is championing the importance of services trade to the UK economy, and identifying common barriers to trade across different sectors.
Learn about the future of future of UK-Swiss trade.
Read insight from CBI Washington’s first official trip to Minnesota, part of the CBI’s work to unlock opportunities for UK businesses at the state and local level in the US.
Find out how your business could trade with Mexico.
Find out how to get the best out of the UK-India relationship.
Understand the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, what it means for global trade and the UK’s accession to the CPTPP.
Read about the UK Japan Trade Agreement.
Discover what the UK joining the CPTPP would mean for business and its position on the world stage.
Discover the five priorities from a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and GCC countries.
Find out what the new UK Australia FTA means for the services, travel and tech industries, and how to make the most of new business opportunities in the UK-Australian markets.
Watch UK-China trade: what this growing relationship can do for business.
Watch the CBI’s 2022 Chinese New Year celebration - held as an opportunity to take stock of the UK-China relationship.
Listen to the CBI’s grow your business internationally - a podcasts series produced exclusively for CBI members.
Hear about how trade and investment can help share prosperity more fairly.
Want more? Be inspired by thought leaders and challenge your business to do more
Read DHL Express unpack the current trade environment and their tips for SMEs to seize the international opportunity for growth.
Learn how Mott MacDonald Group seized opportunities early and are now flourishing in India
Discover Morningside Pharmaceutical’s insight into trade opportunities and why its important not to overlook the UK’s close ties with the Commonwealth
Learn from our exporting superstars on how to grow your business overseas – and boost the UK’s economy in the process.
Watch HM Trade Commissioner for North America and the Lieutenant Governor of California discuss opportunities for UK-US trade and how they can help economic growth
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