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Quality of support for small exporters examined

19 April 2017

The International Trade Committee continues its inquiry into support for exports and investment with representatives from the UK Fashion and Textile Association plus two small and medium-sized enterprises (Maycast Nokes and Diamond Hard Surfaces), who will provide insight into the quality of support for small exporters by International Trade and Investment (ITI), part of the Department for International Trade, and UK Export Finance (UKEF).


Wednesday 19 April 2017, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Adam Mansell, Chief Executive, UK Fashion and Textile Association
  • Rupert Sexton, Sales (Italy) and Special Projects, Maycast Nokes
  • Chris Walker, Chief Executive, Diamond Hard Surfaces

Purpose of the session

The Committee examines the effectiveness of International Trade and Investment's Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP), which provides grants to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to attend tradeshows, and of ministerial trade missions. In addition, the Committee will discuss ITI's role in providing advice to small exporters, both through its UK-based advisers and through British embassies overseas. Does ITI strike the right balance between supporting exporters and promoting inward investment?

The Committee discusses the effectiveness of UKEF. Its mission is "to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance, while operating at no net cost to the taxpayer;" the Committee will investigate the extent to which UKEF is delivering for small exporters.

Further information

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