CESA Directly Influences Government Export Trade Support

CESA links have been developed with the UK Government and we continue to call for greater support for businesses in order to help them develop export market opportunities. CESA is a member of Sponsors’ Alliance and its members represent many sectors across the UK.  As a collective of trade associations, the Sponsors’ Alliance seeks to help companies develop their export opportunities; deliver overseas market information; organise groups at overseas exhibitions and provide advice and mentoring. 

On the 25th of October, the Sponsors’ Alliance held an Export Briefing at the House of Lords and invited MPs to hear speakers. CESA member Adande Refrigeration was represented by Nigel Bell who delivered a short speech on the benefits that had been provided because of funding and CESA support over many years. The speech was heard by MPs and House of Lords representatives, all of whom are directly involved or committed to providing support.

 'The event was a great success’ says chair of the CESA Export Group and Council member, Steve Goodliff. ‘It is vital that the UK boosts its export sales to rebalance the trade deficit. Government schemes that support export growth are more important now than at any time in recent years, especially for small and medium sized enterprises who benefit from the encouragement, guidance and funding that helps them to establish new contacts in overseas markets’.

Attached is the pdf of the export brochure produced by the Sponsors’ Alliance and the video played on the day can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/3wKx7kfbs38

We encourage you to support the aims of CESA, exporting companies, and the Sponsors’ Alliance by using the document with local MPs and other relevant contacts as we seek to ensure effective and fully funded support for UK exporting companies.

Later the same day CESA was invited to attend a DIT briefing session to hear a speech by Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. He stated that government saw the opportunity for the UK to ‘trade its way to prosperity thorough the free market opportunities’ that would result from the EU Exit.

He also said that the Department for International Trade was ideally placed to realise the vision for business development.

CESA will be presenting its proposals for support under the Tradeshow Access Programme to leading international exhibitions. We will be pleased to have feedback on the key countries or regains that members are developing to try to ensure that they are included in our work - contact jocelyn.carr@cesa.org.uk