Exporting for Growth: A national challenge

We are working with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) initiative to help Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) boost their export sales and help non-exporters enter export markets for the first time. The UKTI is about to begin a tour of the UK with a series of regional events bringing advice and expertise to help SMEs play their part in reversing the decline in UK’s share of global exports over the last decade from 5.3% in 2000 to 4.1% in 2010.

Supported by us and HSBC The National Export Challenge events, will also give SMEs a chance to hear direct from the Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Green, as to how important export is to lifting the UK out of the worst economic crisis in living history and what the UKTI and Government are doing the help them overcome any barriers they might have.

Details of regional events are shown below. To register please visit http://www.regionalexportforgrowth.com and select your region.

Regional awards

Alongside the events, SMEs are also encouraged to enter the ‘Exporting for Growth’ prize. The prize will be awarded to the SME with the best exporting idea and is open now to all SMEs with an entry deadline of 31st January 2012. We will give the winner from each each region of the UK real practical advice helping them to make their exporting aims a reality.

To find out more about the exporting prize or to enter, please visit http://www.ukti.gov.uk/exportingforgrowthprize.

Regional event details

Location Date Contact


Concorde Suite, Manchester Airport

12 December  2011 Karen Macwee


Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey

10 January 2012 Adele Burgess


National Composites Centre, Bristol

16 January 2012 Jessica Poole

Yorkshire & Humber

Wetherby Race Course, Wetherby

6 February 2012 Karen Macwee

West Midlands

ICC, Birmingham

28 February 2012 Kerry Cox

East Midlands

Henry Ford College, Loughborough University

1 March 2012 Kerry Cox


One Marylebone, London

8 March 2012 Julie Fewell


Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk

13 March 2012 Gareth Nicholls


Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel, Gateshead

27 March 2012 Karen Macwee


Radisson Blu, Glasgow

29 March 2012 Louise Gallagher


Cardiff, tbc

25 April 2012 Jessica Poole

Northern Ireland


TBC May 2012 Claire McGonigle