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FSB reacts to Cole Commission on Exports

Reacting to the Cole Commission on Exports John Allan, National FSB Chairman, said:

“The Cole Commission report is a welcome contribution into the current debate about how to boost UK exports. The report raises some good ideas, such as better co-ordination between UKTI and UKEF and a streamlining of export support schemes, with a simplified portal, and the need for raising skills.

Within the policy mix, the FSB sees targeting start-ups, younger businesses, and those wishing to export for the first time, as a priority. In addition, our research suggests older firms have less desire to start exporting. The key to further effort must be to inject the exporting ‘DNA’ and an international outlook, into business thinking from the very start.

On export support we welcome the principle of the ‘One Stop Shop’, although there must now be a full review of all the options, and not simply look to any one business organisation for the delivery. It's vital to grasp this opportunity to see who is best placed to widen the footprint of export support delivery to a far wider audience."


Notes to Editors
1) The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the UK’s Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk and follow on twitter @fsb_policy

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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.