In his first major act as the minister in charge of boosting the exporting power of the UK’s business community, Francis Maude has launched UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) First Time Exporters initiative.
British exports of confectionary and chocolate have exceeded the £1bn mark for the first time.
Despite the Chinese economy's meteoric rise, the latest figures point to a decline in British exports over the last decade.
The number of mid-sized companies receiving UKTI support to sell overseas has doubled in just seven months, according to the government.
To coincide with the launch of Export Week, female entrepreneurs are being encouraged to consider the option of growing their businesses through overseas activity.
According to a recent KPMG and YouGov report, 36 per cent of small businesses have no interest in exploring overseas markets.