A Retiring Glance At Trade – Past, Present And Future
As my tenure at UK Trade & Investment draws to a close, it’s time for a little reflection…
19 October 2010
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has been acclaimed by its peers as the best trade promotion agency in the developed world.
The award was announced at the World Trade Promotion Organisation Conference Awards 2010 in
More than 150 participants from 50 countries attended the awards ceremony, where delegates were looking at how to build export success, and how trade promotion agencies can help in a changing global environment.
Business Secretary Dr. Vince Cable said:
"I am a firm believer in the benefits of trade and investment. In a globalised world,
"UK Trade & Investment has an impressive track record of helping
“This award is testament to the hard work carried out by Sir Andrew Cahn and the UKTI team around the world. I want to see more companies taking up the help on offer and spreading the word that exporting is good for companies, good for
"The Government is committed to helping
The awards recognise excellence in developing export initiatives, and UKTI’s development of a programme called “Gateway to Global Growth”, aimed at small and medium-sized firms with some export experience, was cited as the reason for its nomination.
Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UKTI, said:
“When I joined UKTI almost five years ago, I set my teams the goal of becoming the best trade promotion body in the world. I want to congratulate everyone in UKTI for delivering on that vision. The task now is to translate that excellence into even more British exports, and an even higher level of inward investment, to contribute to the growth that the
Gateway to Global Growth
Gateway to Global Growth is a service to experienced exporters which offers a 12-month programme of tailored strategic support to help companies grow overseas. The programme offers a strategic review with an experienced International Trade Adviser to assess trade development needs and construct a next steps action plan; guidance and mentoring from export professionals and support on specialist subjects. It also includes access to UK Trade & Investment’s international network; assistance with market research, language and culture and networking opportunities to learn from other exporters.
Gateway helps a firm to maximise opportunities and reduce the risk of entering new markets; overcome barriers to new and difficult markets; develop company skills and save time and money in achieving international trade goals.