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Welsh Secretary urges Welsh businesses to export goods

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns is encouraging Welsh firms to export their goods and services abroad to mark the one year anniversary of the Department of International Trade.

The Welsh Secretary will deliver a guide to potential export businesses in Wales. Credit: PA

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will write to 26,000 Welsh potential export businesses delivering them a copy of exporting guidelines. The Wales Export Guide shows the support on offer from the UK Government and accounts from firms in Wales currently exporting to other countries.

In 2016 there were more than 3,800 businesses exporting in Wales with an annual combined value of £12.4bn exports. Now, Ministers are urging other business to take up the support on offer including financial incentives and online matching services.

The Welsh Secretary wants more Welsh firms to get involved after recent successes. The Department of International Trade supported a trade mission in July last year resulting in £1.2 billion worth of business deals.

I want Welsh businesses to get out into the wider world, to trade and do business all around the globe.

That is why we are sharing the advice, guidance and support available from the UK Government, in particular from the Department for International Trade, for businesses in our Wales Export Guide.

We want to help them to build their brand abroad as we continue to increase UK exports and encourage inward investment.”

DIT has also set up ten working groups across 15 countries to strengthen trade and commercial ties with key trading partners around the world.

– Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales

In the last year, the Department of International Trade has supported almost 1,200 companies in Wales helping them attend overseas trade shows, carry out crucial market research and develop international relationships.

We are already a great trading nation, but as an international economic department we now want to encourage businesses to look at whether there could be a global market for their goods and services.

By designing our own trade policy in Britain’s national interest, after we leave the EU, we will be able to take advantage of growing markets around the world and further boost our export successes.

– Greg Hands, International Trade Minister

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