Great news for SMEs. The Government will sign new five-year contracts with locally based providers to deliver export support to businesses, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today. Exemplas is proud to be awarded the contracts for Yorkshire and Humber Region and for the East of England.
The preferred bidders have been chosen by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the length of contracts will give businesses consistency and underline the Government’s long term commitment to increase the number of companies that export. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy.
All the providers will be locally based, helping companies start exporting or increase their overseas business by finding customers in new markets, taking part in trade shows and exporting online around the world.
For Yorkshire and the Humber region, the preferred bidders are Enterprise Growth Solutions, a collaboration between Exemplas and Reed in Partnership. For the East the preferred bidders are Exemplas Trade Services, owned by the University of Hertfordshire.
The lengths of the contracts also mean that English companies will be eligible to bid for up to £100 million in additional export support through the European Structural & Investment Funds.
Trade Minister Lord Livingston said:
“I am delighted that we can commit to long term contracts and provide the support that businesses need to break into new markets creating jobs and growth for their region.”
“UKTI will be working with locally based organisations, including social enterprises and Chambers of Commerce, to ensure that public money is targeted at where it is most needed and spent responsibly.”
Mark Robson UKTI Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber said:
“Enterprise Growth Solutions (EGS) fully deserves its new five year contract to deliver export support services across Yorkshire and the Humber.”
“It sees the continuation of a hugely successful partnership with UKTI Y&H that is already paying dividends in terms of both quantity, as demonstrated by the growing number of businesses we are supporting, and quality, as verified by independent analysis and client feedback.”
“We are determined to raise the bar for regional exports, and a key focus for the months ahead is exploring new ways of expanding our offer in tandem with Local Enterprise Partnerships and others. I am excited by the challenge this poses – as are EGS.”
Exemplas CEO Jill Barnes said:
“We are delighted to continue working in partnership with UKTI. The success of regional exporters will be key to increasing growth in the UK and we look forward to our role in helping to drive this agenda.”
“By continually challenging ourselves to innovate and work collaboratively with partners, we are committed to expanding the volume of companies developing overseas business and the ways businesses engage with the service, driving new levels of success for customers and the regional economy.”
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) helped a total of 47,960 businesses in 2013 to 2014 to export for the first time or find new markets through its extensive network of specialists in the UK and in British embassies around the world.