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Federation of Small Businesses

FSB concern about trade deficit

08 April 2016 16:30


FSB concern about trade deficit

Commenting on the UK trade deficit for February which now stands at £4.8 billion, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said:

“Since the start of this year, the trade deficit has widened significantly and this is of serious concern. Indeed, recent FSB research shows a worrying decline in export performance among small businesses.
“Small firms can make a significant contribution to the government’s target to increase the value of exports to £1 trillion and support 100,000 new exporters by 2020. But the government must ensure that the decision to refocus UKTI’s role and make exports a priority across government departments provides the right kind of support for those looking to export.”

Notes to Editors
1) Office of National Statistics, UK Trade, January 2016. 08 April 2016.

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The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 188 branches.

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