Sheffield rallies in bid to drive up exports

Sheffield City Council recently committed itself to helping businesses across the region to step up exports.

Sheffield-Town-Hall-1It is launching an international trade and export strategy with the priority of supporting small and medium-sized businesses.

The authority said that SME’s were the foundation of the local economy, contributing around half of the employment and turnover, and boosting exports was a “strong route” towards increased private sector growth.

Councilor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The city needs to do all that it can to support our businesses with growth potential to export their products and services to overseas markets.

“This includes helping more of our businesses that are not exporting to do so as well as helping those that currently export to look to growing markets for new business opportunities.

“There is real potential out there for businesses across the city region to make the most of trade and export. As a council we want to provide key help and support for businesses, enabling them to open up new markets and reach their full potential.”

The strategy aims to establish an export support framework to overcome significant export barriers, ultimately creating jobs for Sheffield people.

It sees the council working with UK Trade & Investment, South Yorkshire International Trade Centre and South Yorkshire International Trade Forum.

For more on this story in the Sheffield Star, see here.

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