Liam Fox looks to boost UK exports in his annual address to the business community

29th November, 2017

Liam Fox, in what is becoming an annual pantomime villain role, has sought to boost UK exports by telling British businesses that “they are harming the economy” as they do not want to export their goods abroad!

What Dr Fox said:

In an interview with The House Magazine, Dr Fox said:

“From Britain’s point of view, our main advantage doesn’t lie in getting more trade deals, it lies in getting more trade.

“So, we need to do an awful lot better with the markets that we already have access to globally, our trading performance still needs to improve, notwithstanding a more than 13% increase in trade in the last year.

“We’re still way behind where our economy needs to be. So, we need to think about how we can make our economy export ready, and more investment ready as well, and how we get more of our companies to think about exporting overseas.

“I can agree as many trade agreements as I like, but if British business doesn’t want to export, then that doesn’t do us any good.

This could be viewed as the second in series of annual motivational speeches to British businesses – following on from the 2016 speech, when he suggested that businesses were ‘too lazy and too fat’, with many bosses choosing to spend time on the golf course rather than at work.

If you are one of the many, many businesses already exporting or interested in exporting…

We are hosting a breakfast seminar next week that may be of interest to the Cornish based businesses looking to export for the first time, or looking to increase their exports. The session will feature presentations from:

Presenter Topic
Dr. Colin Piper Export Manager, Department for International Trade Overview of the Export for Growth programme – a programme aimed at supporting those new to export and those looking to export to new markets
Ross Bond VAT Senior, PKF Francis Clark VAT for exporters…practicalities and pitfalls
Julie Ounsworth International Director in the South West, Santander Finance for export, including UK Export Finance (UKEF)

If you would like to book on to this event, please click here. We do have a limited number of spaces left, however, will be considering hosting similar events in other PKF Francis Clark offices in the New Year.

We together with others, including the Export for Growth scheme, will be able to assist businesses keen to export – and we suspect (know) that there are lots of you…

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