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It’s time to increase international trade across the UK

Selling goods and services overseas increases business productivity and growth and has a big impact on regional and national economies. With international relationships under the spotlight, now is the time for the UK to grasp opportunities worldwide.

The change we're calling for

We’re calling on the government to work in partnership with business as it delivers its Export Strategy. Ensuring companies of all sizes and in all parts of the UK can seize trade opportunities worldwide will be crucial for growth and resilience.

  • Align trade with the domestic agenda to ensure UK companies are internationally competitive through the regulatory regime, harnessing innovation, or becoming world leaders in industries of the future

  • Establish a strong business-government partnership and plan so that the Export Strategy delivers growth across the country

  • Businesses must increase their international footprint, whether they’re first time exporters or companies already selling overseas

The impact of exports

Trade as a drive of growth, productivity and innovation as a driver of growth, productivity and innovation

The evidence shows that businesses trading overseas experience higher growth, productivity, and are more likely to innovate.

  • In 2020, £571.7bn of goods and services were exported by UK businesses despite difficulties through the pandemic

  • Less than 10% of UK businesses export

  • 14% of UK exporters are ‘superstars’ (10+ products sold to 10+ markets) compared to 40% in Germany

Our progress and impact

The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business and help us campaign to create the right environment for the UK to be an exporting superpower.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's International team. Contact Andy Burwell, International Director, to find out what UK business urgently needs to improve exports and how you can support it.