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Calling all Crawley & Gatwick businesses. WIN a trip to an international trade exhibition of your choice

Today, Gatwick Airport launched a new competition with the Department for International Trade to give local businesses the chance to attend international trade exhibitions – helping them grow internationally and support local job creation.

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SMEs headquartered in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Croydon can take part by explaining in 150 words how their business will develop by attending trade exhibitions through the Gatwick Trade Fairs webpage (www.gatwickairport.com/trademissions).

Businesses in the Gatwick Diamond area are 50% more likely to export than those in other parts of the UK, according to Oxford Economics. Gatwick and the Exporting is GREAT campaign are looking to further help these SMEs to take advantage of a range of international trade opportunities which are supported by DIT and a range of trade associations.

Oxford Economics also found that Gatwick was an important enabler of trade with £7.5 billion of international goods passing through Gatwick in 2017 in business that supported 113,800 UK jobs. Such trade is enabled directly by the transport of cargo within the belly holds of flights – particularly through the airports 66-strong long haul route network.

International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade Dr Liam Fox MP said:

“Businesses of all sizes should remember that there is a world beyond Europe and there will be a time beyond Brexit. This competition, which we have launched with Gatwick Airport, will help SMEs who may not have the time or resources to realise the opportunities of international expansion and exporting.

“The DIT stands ready to help companies export. I encourage local businesses to get in touch with us to learn more about what we can do to help you make the transition from local to global.”

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said;

SMEs are an important cog in the economic ecosystem of the South East and we recognise the many challenges they face.  By supporting local enterprises to attend international trade shows we hope to provide them with an important step up that will help them to develop and grow their business for the future.

“We hope to keep working closely with the Department for International Trade to see how else we might support local business going forward.”

Local SMEs will have until midnight on 1 April 2019 to enter with the winners being announced on 29 April 2019. Competition winners will be judged by a joint committee from Gatwick and the Department for International Trade.

Ben Raby, Head of the South East Regional Trade Team, Department for International Trade, said:

“Although exporting can drive profitability and increase resilience, we know the process isn’t without its challenges. Setting up this competition will give growing companies the chance to take advantage of a range of international trade opportunities.

“Our region is home to a wealth of innovative and growing SMEs, and I’d encourage businesses from across the region to put themselves forward for this competition and get in touch with the DIT team. The demand is out there, and you could be too.”

By working with Department for International Trade and UK trade associations, the winners of the competition will:

  • Receive exposure to international industry leaders, Government officials and industry multipliers including the Chambers of Commerce, associations and business councils;
  • Receive briefings on local business practices and opportunities, and site visits to local facilities relevant to technologies/services and products

The Department for International Trade offers a range of support to SMEs, with services including digital support, information on international business opportunities and one-on-one meetings with experienced International Trade Advisers (ITAs).  

Companies across the South east region can find information and a current list of opportunities by visiting great.gov.uk or contacting DIT South East: at info@tradesoutheast.com or on 0330 300 0012 f

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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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