Why exporting matters

Exporting is proven to fuel business growth and boost productivity in the workplace


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According to Department for International Trade (DIT), companies that export see a 34% increase in productivity within their first year of exporting and are 11% more likely to survive if doing business overseas.

There has never been a better time for British businesses to explore new markets, now is the time to export if you want to grow your business. Brand Britain is now worth almost £1.5 trillion with the UK shipping goods in excess of £300bn across the globe each year.

FDF has set an ambition to grow exports of value-added food and non-alcoholic drinks by a third, achieving an overall value of £6 billion by 2020, and we're keen to help and encourage more manufacturers within our industry to export.

FDEA members continue to report strong export growth especially as consumers in so many regions of the world are now actively looking for British quality and expertise in their food and drink purchases.

UK Export Finance's mission is to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance from the private sector. We help UK companies of all sizes and in all sectors win, fulfil and get paid for export contracts.

We exist to complement, not compete with the private sector, and work with 70 private credit insurers and lenders.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) helps UK companies:

  • Win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers
  • Fulfil contracts by supporting working capital loans
  • Get paid by insuring against buyer default

Our network of export finance managers are located across the UK. They are valuable contacts for food and drink exporters, wherever you are in your export journey.


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Last reviewed: 22 Aug 2017