RIA welcomes Exports Strategy and new Tradeshow Programme
The Government has today published a new Exports Strategy which includes the launch of a new Tradeshow Programme to support SMEs in attending overseas trade exhibitions.
Neil Walker, Exports Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “Whilst it is positive to see the Government’s Exports Strategy today, particularly the announcement of a new Tradeshow Programme to encourage SMEs into exporting, we do need to see how the programme will operate.
“The rail industry has previously benefitted significantly from Tradeshow Access Programme grants for SMEs to attend overseas shows, which has helped businesses attend exhibitions like InnoTrans and Middle East Rail. These small, but pivotal grants can introduce smaller companies to the world of exports, helping them to develop a presence in key markets around the world, thereby helping to boost the UK’s trade portfolio. It is important that the new programme is as effective as the one it replaces.
“We will continue to work with the Department for International Trade to help UK rail suppliers sell their innovative and world-leading products and services, promoting clean growth across the globe.”