Launch of GREAT.gov.uk
Tue, 15 November 2016
This week GREAT.gov.uk goes live - it’s a new Government digital service available for businesses that makes it quicker, more cost effective, and easier for UK business to export and find investors.
This website acts as a single digital destination for Trade and Investment, bringing together UK businesses, international buyers, international investors and online marketplaces. It will give access to millions of pounds’ worth of potential overseas business, provide export and investment guidance, offer preferential deals with e-commerce sites and great support services to help businesses win lucrative contracts.
Research has shown again and again that exporters are more productive, adaptable and resilient. Exporters achieve a stronger bottom line and are more likely to stay in business.
However - while there are over 2.5 million registered UK businesses - only 11% of them export.
This is a real shame, because the fact is the world wants what we’re selling. Across the world our unique British brand is regarded as a mark of quality, innovative and excellence.
i want our local businesses to be at the forefront of the drive to get the UK exporting. We are already leaders in some of the world’s fastest-growing and innovative sectors – automotive, creative industries, energy, financial and professional services, life sciences and technology to name just a few.
Of course, making the move into any new market – especially when you’re dealing with a different language, culture or regulations – can feel like a leap into the unknown. But you don’t need to be an old hand at exporting to have an impact globally. Two in five of the UK’s smallest exporters – that’s companies with fewer than 10 employees – are already doing business in at least one high-growth market.
And the new services you can find at GREAT.gov.uk will make it even easier to get started or to expand into new markets. Once registered, companies can promote their goods and services to international buyers, search hundreds of export opportunities and access preferential deals with online marketplace that have been negotiated on behalf of UK business.
The Government wants UK businesses to get out there and make the most of the new digital services available to help them export.
The demand is out there. You should be too.