Business development · 25 July 2016

Five banks partner with government to launch landmark export directory

The new directory of exporters will link UK exporters with a global database of potential business partners
In a landmark deal, five of the UK’s major high street banks have promised to work with the new-look Department for International Trade to provide better access to UK exports.

Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Natwest and Santander have pledged to support the government’s new Directory of Exporters an initiative to link UK exporters with a global database of potential business partners.

Clients and buyers from global markets will be able to search for and contact companies from across the UK supplying the products, services and skills they demand.

The directory is heralded as a great opportunity for the country’s smaller firms. As part of the government’s new global digital service for businesses, the directory is being promoted as an important first step in making the UK the easiest place in the world from which to begin exporting.

Commenting on the deal, newly-appointed secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox, said that the directory offered a unique new route to global markets for small firms that currently arent able to sell overseas.

with this kind of creativity and collaborative working between government and industry, Im confident that we can make the whole of the UK a beacon for open trade around the world, added Fox.

From July 2016, small business owners can register on the directory and begin to promote themselves globally. Business customers of the five participating lenders will be encouraged to join.



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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