Research shows that exporting companies are more productive than non-exporters, achieve stronger financial performance, and are more likely to stay in business. And, in a study of UK companies, firms beginning to export gained a 34% productivity uplift and those that exported were 11.4% more likely to survive.
There is an abundance of opportunities for South West exporters to reach all corners of the world – and plenty of support to help you take advantage of them. Getting the right support for your business is crucial to international success.
At Business West we deliver a range of international trade support services and as a Chamber member you’re in the best position to find out what is available to you from access to experts, training courses and market visits to a 12 month programme specifically designed to help small to medium sized businesses trade successfully overseas.
The benefits of Chamber membership for international trade
Export documentation services
As a Chamber of Commerce member you'll be entitled to a 50% discount on your Certificates of Origin and other certified trade documents. There is also discount available for those who require an ATA Carnet for their temporary exports.
To start saving time and money on your exports, and to view our full range of international trade documentation services and prices click here.
Export advice and consultancy
We can link your business with an experienced international trade adviser who will answer your key export questions and assess your trade capabilities from a fresh perspective. Their expertise spans every sector, market and stage of exporting, offering support with international market research, funding and investment opportunities, IP protection, export documentation, market visits and much more.
The BCC Global Business Network
In 2012, the Prime Minister launched a new partnership between the British Chambers of Commerce, the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to create an international business network offering advanced export support in high growth and emerging markets. The aim is to increase the range of practical, business to business support on the ground where businesses need support the most.
As a Chamber member you'll get bespoke access to the BCC Global Business Network and services which include:
- Market insight – meet and speak to business experts representing the UK export network.
- Getting started overseas – business centres, match making or access to business services.
- Building market share – joint venture or local marketing support, access to satelite offices.
- Building regional share – introductions to region/worldwide business to business networks.
The BCC Global Business Network is continually growing and now represents over 50 of key global trade markets. By partnering with us you'll be one-step closer to export success.