Fife businesses to benefit from more help to explore global opportunities

City Deals could follow hot on the heels of successful Exporting is GREAT Tour 

A diverse range of firms from across Fife took advantage of free exporting advice when the ‘Exporting is GREAT Tour’ made a stop in St Andrews earlier this month.
Delegates heard from other successful businesses about their own exporting journeys and had the opportunity to meet one-to-one with qualified experts.
One of those delegates was Michelle Wilkinson of The Very Lovely Sauce Company, who said: I found the Export Hub of great interest. It really helped me to better understand the markets that would be beneficial to growing my business.”
Fife Council says businesses are being given more help to sell overseas. As well as the ‘Exporting is GREAT Tour’ coming to the Kingdom, Fife Council is working with Edinburgh and Dundee City Councils on City Deals which it says are set to boost economic growth.
Gordon Mole, Fife Council’s senior manager (Business and Employability), said: “The Tay Cities Deal presents Fife and other local authorities with further opportunities to work collaboratively and invest in key infrastructure, tourism and economic growth projects that will further boost exports.
Increasing the number of companies engaging in exporting activity and the value of exporting to the Tay Cities Region are important drivers of regional economic growth. We are working with partners to ensure that the City Deal we secure with UK and Scottish Governments enables us to deliver on these priorities”
Cllr Lesley Laird, depute leader and spokesperson for planning and economy, said: “The ‘Exporting is GREAT Tour’ was a fantastic opportunity for Fife firms to get the support that they need to start or increase their exporting capabilities. This is just one of the ways we are working to make Fife the best place to do business – by helping firms to access and make the most of global opportunities.
“Fife Council’s Economic Development Team runs a number of initiatives to boost business overseas. There are many opportunities for Fife products, services and expertise across the UK and worldwide.”
Scotland already exports £27.5 billion worth of goods and services all over the world and, according to Fife Council, there is scope to increase this.
If you are ambitious to grow and need help to expand your business into new markets, want to increase your digital reach, or get access to market research or insights, contact Fife Business Gateway on 01592 858333 or at info@bgfife.co.uk

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