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FSB joins export roundtable with Dr Liam Fox

FSB local development manager Sam Holliday joined a number of SME owners in Portishead to take part in a very useful roundtable discussion on exports with the Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox as part of the Small Business Saturday celebrations. 

The Secretary of State invited the FSB representative and others to visit his department’s mobile ‘Export Hub’, which was based for the day at the Portishead Quay Marina, to give feedback on how they currently view the world of export. The MP for North Somerset had just flown in from trade talks in Australia but was still very keen to arrange the session to get input from local people about the current state of the export scene as Britain prepares for a post-Brexit future.  

Discussions focussed on how we can encourage more FSB members and other small businesses to export, what barriers they currently feel they encounter (and how Brexit may affect them) and the growing opportunities for SMEs to export outside of Europe. Dr Fox said his talks around the world show that the reputation of Britain abroad remains very strong which he says is great news for potential SME exporters and many of those around the table agreed that the Union Jack remains a symbol of quality to overseas business leaders which can only help international trade. 

Following the round table discussion the FSB had worked alongside the Department of International Trade to arrange a special free social media seminar for our members and others to help businesses see how they can improve their online presence to attract new customers here and abroad.   

You can find links to some of the reports what the FSB has done about Brexit at this link.