‘Made in the UK’ & International Trade Week

Posted on: 16th November 2021

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The new “Made in the UK, Sold to the World” campaign has just launched to encourage businesses to explore international markets during the first International Trade Week.


UK businesses are being encouraged to unlock their exporting potential and sell to the world as International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan launched the inaugural International Trade Week in November 2021.

Throughout the week, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is hosting over 100 events and workshops all over the UK and online to support and encourage businesses to explore their expansion into international markets.

The Minister for Exports, launched a new “Made in the UK, Sold to the World” campaign to champion local export success stories and promote opportunities in international markets to take advantage of the global demand for the high quality goods the UK is known for.

Government-led research estimates that exports support 6.5 million jobs across the UK and shows that exporters pay higher wages, are on average 21% more productive, and tend to be more resilient, innovative, and profitable. However, many businesses across the UK are yet to take the plunge and aren’t sure how to start selling their products overseas.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

The UK makes some of the best products in the world, but only 1 in 10 businesses currently export them around the world. I want this International Trade Week to be a catalyst for businesses to sell to new markets and take advantage of the trade deals we are negotiating.

My department has a clear message to any business thinking about exporting for the first time. There has never been a better time to export.

Our industry experts in Trade and Investment Hubs around the UK and based around the world will stand shoulder to shoulder and give you the support you need to take the next step on your exporting journey and sell to the world.

13 businesses from all over the UK have been selected to front the “Made in the UK, Sold to the World” campaign.

Exports are central to the government’s ambition to level up every part of the UK and help businesses build back better, which is why exporters who get involved with this campaign will have access to marketing materials specific to their hometown or region.

With International Trade Advisors and sector specialists stationed around the country, DIT has the expertise to support new and experienced exporters on their international journey.

The UK has already agreed trade deals with 70 countries plus the EU and has an ambitious programme of negotiations to build relationships with our trading partners, reduce market access barriers and help UK businesses take advantage of these opportunities.

Get involved in International Trade Week activities by clicking this link to visit the website and find out more.