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Published on : Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Twenty five of Britain’s brightest young brands will leave Gatwick for Hong Kong today – including a Cornish grower selling tea to China – as new figures show more UK firms exporting to the country since records began.
Gatwick and its newest airline Cathay Pacific subsidised the flights for the week-long trade mission organised by Enterprise Nation – a small business support group that organises trade missions to help the smallest British firms to export goods and services.
The delegation leaves as new Government figures show more UK firms exporting to China since published records began – with 5,792 businesses exporting a total of £4.1 billion of goods in the last quarter (April to June 2016) alone.
Young British brands on the delegation include Little Women, a bra firm catering for smaller women,wallpaper manufacturer Paperboy, tech manufacturing platform Utelier and Wigan-based logistics company 3P Logistics (see case studies below).
Helping the region’s businesses to access these global markets, Gatwick launched 20 new long haul routes this year alone, including to three cities in China – Hong Kong, Chongqing – southwest China’s commercial capital, and Tianjin – China’s third largest city. A new route – the UK’s only direct flight to Xi’an, Shanxi Province, has also just been announced for next summer.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:
“Gatwick is delighted to help showcase some of Britain’s brightest young business talent to the biggest market on the planet.
“Small and medium sized businesses are the engine room of our economy and Gatwick’s 50-strong long haul network offers cost conscious businesses affordable access to global markets.
“Post-Brexit referendum it is vital that we do all we can to improve the country’s connectivity. Gatwick currently flies to three of China’s great megacities and we are actively seeking routes to additional destinations in china, and other emerging global markets”.
Emma Jones, mission organiser and founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation, said:
“Small firms that export are more confident, introduce new products, are more likely to seek investment and have significantly higher growth expectations than companies that don’t.
“They don’t get the opportunities or the trade deals that big businesses benefit from and yet they still find a way to export, but the frustrating thing is that they would dearly like to do it much more.
“The export potential amongst the smallest firms is huge, but they need some significant help and subsidy to get them to where they need to be. Gatwick’s long-haul, affordable network is vital for helping these small British firms reach important global markets.”
UK brands on the delegation include:
Source:- Gatwick Airport
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