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Attention all exporting members...Call for Evidence - House of Lords Select Committee on SME Exports - deadline September 14th

18 Jul 2012

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises are central to the UK economy, providing nearly 60% of private sector employment. Exports provide important opportunities for SMEs to grow. A new ad hoc Committee, chaired by Lord Cope of Berkeley, has been established by the House of Lords to examine what the Government is doing to assist and promote SME exports.

In May 2011, UK Trade and Investment, the Government export promotion body, unveiled their strategy.1 They stated that “succeeding in international markets” is essential to “rebuilding the economy at home in a balanced and sustainable way”. One year on, it is
timely to assess the progress of UKTI and other Government bodies in promoting SME exports.

We are seeking answers, particularly from SMEs, to the questions and any related matters. The submissions we receive will guide the Committee’s deliberations in oral evidence sessions which will take place later in the year and also inform the Committee’s
final conclusions and recommendations when it reports in February 2013.

Are you an SME export success story?

The Committee want to understand why some SMEs have succeeded in exporting, why others have been less successful and why some have chosen not to sell overseas at all. We are, therefore, very interested to hear from individual SMEs which are able to provide an example of any of these situations.

The Committee

The Committee members bring years of business and political experience to the inquiry. A brief biography of each member of the Committee is set out at the end of this Call for Evidence.

Please click here to download the questions and for information on submitting your response.

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