UK Exports

The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of Tomorrow?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.

Sharing Out Colombia's "Peace Dividend"

Felipe Jaramillo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Felipe Jaramillo

What does a "peace dividend" look like and who gets to enjoy a piece of it? Clearly, the Colombian people will be the prime beneficiaries, once the s...

British Business - Are We Ready For The Fight?

Harjeet Johal | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Harjeet Johal

Liam Fox is wrong: British businessman no longer play golf. But it makes me wriggle when I have to admit that he may right about something: British business, at this crucial time post-referendum, lacks a certain get-up-and-go. I don't like agreeing with Liam Fox; it makes me feel oily and as though I should be drinking warm blend-whisky.

How Can We Avoid the UK's Next Recession?

John Mills | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Mills

The recent budget again shone the spotlight on the UK's precarious economic position. Despite years of austerity, public spending cuts, Quantitative Easing and some limited stimulating activity such as taking the lowest paid out of tax, the country is still in grave danger of falling back into recession. But we're not alone. The global economic outlook is poor. And western countries have hardly recovered from the last great recession.

Born in the USA, Perfected in the UK - Why Crowdfunding Is Becoming a Great Export for UK Plc

Dillen Iyavoo | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Dillen Iyavoo

In just a few years, crowdfunding - in which people, rather than banks, provide finance to individuals and companies - has grown from nothing into a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. And the rest of the world has noticed.

How the Chinese Devaluation Will Affect the UK's Current Account Deficit

Michael Martins | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Michael Martins

Today's decision by the People's Bank of China (PBOC) to devalue the yuan by 2% and change the way Chinese currency policy works will have economic ra...

Service Exports - Clearly Visible

Nora Senior | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Nora Senior

As a UK service exporter, I feel somewhat aggrieved. Overlooked and invisible. Despite the strong and strengthening performance of service sector exports, we are often perceived as the poor relation to manufacturers. Indeed the government usually refers to the service sector as 'invisible exports', quite apt when considering where the focus of current investment is placed.

More Needs to Be Done to Boost UK Exports

Tony Dolphin | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

An industrial strategy that focuses on clusters would be a strategic departure from the approach of much of the last three decades, when growth has been promoted through mainly sector-neutral horizontal policies. But without a shift of this nature, there is little prospect of the export revival that the Chancellor was hoping for when he set his target, and little hope of a rebalancing of the economy.

The Mistrals: An Ill-Wind for EU Arms Transfer Controls

Roy Isbister | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It is not just France's credibility that's at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.

Cable 'Trying To Hide Osborne's Abject Failure'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has been accused of "trying to hide the abject failure" of George Osborne's flagship schemes which are supposed to help British businesses...

Asa Bennett

Osborne's Big Export Push Is Starting To Look Rather Embarrassing... | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's efforts to boost British exports appear to have backfired after the Huffington Post UK learned that two of his flagship schemes have ...

The World Is Alive With Export Opportunities

John Longworth | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
John Longworth

If the government has set an ambitious trade target yet exports continue to fall - how can we reverse this trend? We need to radically change our approach to encouraging and supporting UK businesses on their journey to export. Only a concerted national campaign and sustained investment will get more UK firms to look beyond our shores for growth opportunities.

Why The UK's Economic Growth May Be Just A 'Flash In The Pan'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been urged to improve levels of exports and business investment in the British economy in order to stop a recent surge of growth am...

Lowering the UK Exchange Rate to Improve Our Balance of Payments

John Mills | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

Our balance of payments deficit is far too high. In fact we have not had a surplus on our trade in goods since 1982 and we have not had an overall surplus in any year since 1983 - 30 years ago. As a result, we are unable to run our economy at full throttle.

UK Will Only Halt Arms Exports To Israel If They Bomb Gaza Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has come under fire for failing to back an arms embargo against Israel in favour of a "very weak" threat to suspend 12 export licences if ...

GDP Figures: How the Economy Recovered Should Be Cause for Caution

Spencer Thompson | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

Friday's preliminary GDP estimate for the second quarter of 2014 shows an economy growing at 0.8% a quarter, and recovering it's pre-recession level of output. It would be wrong to take this as a sign of 'business-as-usual' however, when fundamental problems with the UK economy remain.

Asa Bennett

Mission Accomplished? 11 Problems Osborne Would Prefer You Ignored | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has thanked the "hard work of the British people" as official figures out today showed that Britain's economy has fully recovered from ...

With the UK Top for Science and Technology, it's Time to Close the Innovation Gap

Adam Afriyie | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We must make sure that we take economic advantage of our discoveries, translating them into new businesses, jobs and economic growth... To keep Britain at the forefront of the international competitiveness league tables, science and technology must remain a backbone of British industry.

What Are the Prospects for the UK Economy in 2015?

John Mills | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The next general election will be held in May 2015. No-one can foretell the outcome. But it is much easier to anticipate the economic prospects that will be faced by whichever party or combination of parties wins power.

Asa Bennett

Osborne Overlooking 'Worrying' Rise Of Self-Employed Brits, Says Expert | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Coalition ministers are failing to get to grips with a "worrying" rise in the number of Britons classed as self-employed amid the economy recovery, th...

Asa Bennett

Ten Damning Facts On Osborne's Failure To Get Britain Exporting | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron used a trip to Liverpool on Monday to boast about the coalition's commitment to get British businesses exporting as part of the planned ...

Pfizer Grabs Headlines But Tourism Is the Industry to Watch

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Christopher Rodrigues

British tourism is an export industry which can't be sold to the highest bidder and shipped overseas. Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca has flooded Britain's news channels, eclipsing the air time given to many other valuable sectors.

Why Britain Needs the Pound Campaign

John Mills | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

To enable us to compete in the world and to get back to full employment, we need an exchange rate which is about one third lower than it is now. A more competitive pound would bring back more, better quality jobs to the UK, contributing to a thriving economy.

Business Chief Says UK Recovery Needs 'Economically Literate' Politicians

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Politicians need to be more business orientated and "economically literate" if the UK is to achieve sustainable economic growth, according to an indus...

Cable: UK Doomed To Be 'Bit Part Player' Unless Firms Boost Exports

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Firms are being urged to export more goods to help the UK achieve a sustainable economic recovery and stop the country becoming a "bit part player". ...