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Exporting starts at home

 The Government’s announcement of the partnership between UK Export Finance (UKEF) and five UK banks to help it deliver £3 billion of export finance is a positive one. Boosting the UK’s export capability is a key priority but this initiative shows that whilst the message is correct, the approach is…

SMEs: summer of uncertainty

UK CEO, Edward Winterton, discusses the latest findings of Bibby Financial Services’s quarterly SME Confidence Tracker report. On 18 April Theresa May called a snap election intended to secure a mandate for Brexit and extend the Conservative Party’s leadership for up to five years. Six weeks later, there was a…

Trading places: SMEs and international trade

News that the EU has negotiated a free-trade deal with Japan has thrown such agreements to the fore, once again. The deal is set to link around a third of the world’s export of goods and has been hailed by EU President, Donald Tusk, as evidence that global economies are…

A temporary return of confidence but further uncertainty awaits SMEs

UK CEO, Edward Winterton, discusses the findings of BFS’s latest SME Confidence Tracker report and what the General Election means for SMEs. In the SME Confidence Tracker report for Q4 2016, it was noted that there were renewed fears that stagflation may be around the corner due to rising input…

The road to exporting: top tips for SMEs on taking business abroad

Given the geo-political changes of the past year and the UK’s forthcoming negotiations with the EU, it is no surprise that SMEs are thinking differently about exporting. Bibby Financial Services’s latest SME Confidence Tracker found that one in ten (10%) SMEs are planning to invest in their exporting capability over…

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