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Small Businesses: Trade Agreements

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL5511, tabled on 18 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises can benefit from Free Trade Agreements.

Answered on

3 February 2022

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to increasing UK trade. That is why we are seeking SME chapters and SME-friendly provisions throughout all our Free Trade Agreements. These chapters and provisions signpost SMEs towards the information they need to make informed decisions and take advantage of new opportunities.

In addition, the refreshed Export Strategy focuses on barriers faced by UK businesses, particularly SMEs. We will support exporters at every stage of their journey, through the Export Support Service, the UK Export Academy, UK Export Finance, and our International Trade Advisers and global networks.