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UK Contractors: Government needs to do more to help small businesses with exporting

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According to findings, small businesses, such as Limited company owners, are struggling to access support for exporting.

However, one of the UK’s leading business organisations, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has said that there is a strong opportunity for export growth, if the government would make it easier for them to gain more assistance and information.

New research has shown that more than three quarters (78%) of UK small firms find it difficult to access support for exporting from the government.

A further 45% are unsure of how to get assistance with their exporting ambition. 

The FSB has said that it has long called for the government to provide the right support and to recognise how the needs of small firms are different to big businesses, as well as seeing a more tailored and streamlined approach, which will make it easier and quicker to access the information.

John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said, “Our research shows that, despite best efforts, our members continue to be frustrated in their attempts to expand overseas. It is vital that UK’s small firms receive the right support, not just their medium-sized or larger counterparts, and that it is maintained for the long term. 

“Our export survey also shows why it is so important to hold events such as the International Festival for Business. With a quarter of small businesses facing difficulty in finding customers abroad, events like this place British industry in the shop window.”

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