The UKTI funded by the UK government aims to help 50,000 UK business establish and grow their online international sales. Their new suite of services and support for UK companies selling internationally online is expected to help them reach a figure £60 billion in exports by 2018.
Whilst small businesses have been able to reach international clients through online marketplaces such as ebay and amazon, this new initiative aims to introduce them to new regional marketplaces such as Tmall China, Jumeii and ASOS China.This will increase the need for international parcel delivery services, which has already been addresses by the domestic courier services who have entered into strategic partnerships with regional couriers to be able to offer clients delivery services that enable them their clients to send a parcel to France as easily to a destination a few miles down the road.
This opportunity new programme allows UK businesses to showcase their innovation to international marketplaces and will help to establish the UK as a centre of excellence for many industries from hi tech through to fashion and logistics. The governments investment In supporting international online sales is seen a key part of their plan to meet the UK s international trade target of £1 trillion by 2020. This follows on from the 2013 campaign called “Expand Worldwide” which was launched by Vince Cable the UK business secretary. That project enabled large brands to expand internationally and has paved the way for the new initiative to be created and rolled out.
The project will provide support for over 4,000 new online sellers via webinars and workshops. Over 1,200 master class e-commerce training sessions and 1,500 one to one export advice sessions. More information can be seen at www.gov.uk/e-exporting.