In 2014, Surrey Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Surrey Connects launched ExportSurrey – a bespoke service designed to actively promote the export opportunities to Surrey’s small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) of which there are a staggering 65,000. And the majority of these businesses have the potential to export their products or services!
Initially set up for a period of six months to address the ambitious government target to double exports by 2020, ExportSurrey set out to inform and advise local businesses of the opportunities available internationally.
With the assistance of experts in their fields from across the Overseas Business Network of Chambers internationally, to the contacts within UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and beyond, we have been able to hold ‘pop-up’ events on business parks, run informative ‘country- specific’ events on key and emerging markets worldwide, host webinars and attend numerous international themed events to build our knowledge in order to pass on to the clients we meet. We now have an enviable contact list of key people with the expertise to assist businesses who are serious about starting their export journey.
Exporting goods and services helps British businesses to grow, creates jobs, and has the potential to add £30 billion to the UK economy. Research has shown that, on average, businesses can earn £100,000 in additional sales within 18 months of exporting and working with experts such as UKTI..
Now in its 18th month, ExportSurrey is seen as a key part of the International Trade Team at Surrey Chambers of Commerce. And we’re always delighted to hear from businesses wanting to explore the potential which exporting their products or services can bring.
What are you waiting for?!
Sarah Butcher leads the Surrey Chambers ExportSurrey project – please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org