UKTI launches free online service to boost international trade

Site aimed at small and medium-sized businesses attracts 5,000 unique monthly visitors

Open to Export, an online service aimed at inspiring UK-based small and medium-sized business owners into international expansion has been launched by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

The new service delivered in partnership with digital services provider hibu Plc, offers small UK businesses exporting advice and guidance from UKTI officers and experienced entrepreneurs.

The scheme, which attracted 5,000 unique monthly visitors to the live beta site launched in June 2012, also enables experts to promote their services through paid-for programmes.

Following a free registration, users are provided with access to more than 2,000 pieces of advice content and event information from 50 different organisations including the CBI, Santander and The Law Society.

First announced by prime minister David Cameron last November, Open to Export is part of the government’s national challenge to encourage 100,000 British businesses to trade internationally by 2020.

Lord Green, minister of state for trade and investment is confident that the new scheme is a step in the right direction for increased exports. He said: “Supporting more small and medium sized enterprises to export is a key part of the government’s plan for growth.   “Half of the UK’s exports, by value, already come from SMEs. Open to Export will provide practical assistance, advice and support to other businesses looking to make that crucial first step to sell into foreign markets.”

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