Andrew Mitchell CMG, HM’s Trade Commissioner for Europe writes for the BCC website about his priorities for the region and how he and his team are working with members of the Global Business Network to realise objectives of mutual interest.
As Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe, my responsibility is to grow Britain’s trade with the 43 countries on the continent of Europe.
Britain exports some £300BN of goods and services to the continent annually and Europe is the source of 49.6% of inward investment to the UK. Our trade with Europe grew 10% in the year to 2017 and European import market will increase by some 30% over the next five years. The German market alone will grow by 35%. By any measure, European markets are important for growth and prosperity in the UK.
This is particularly the case since we know that companies that export are on average more profitable and resilient. This is one of the reasons why the UK Export Strategy aims to help grow UK exports to some 35% of GDP.
Of course, it is companies and not governments that export. But we can help. The Department for International Trade has some 350 staff in 32 teams around Europe working to help British exporters and encourage new investment into the UK. Our aim is to help British businesses to find markets and growth overseas.
Whether you need advice on market opportunities, connections to buyers or support navigating potential barriers to market entry, DIT in Europe can help. Because Europe is the most frequent market of choice for companies new to export, we will shortly introduce a new, one-stop Europe Trade Hub to make your journey to us simpler still.
We work closely with partners in supporting UK exports. The BCC Global Business Network is one such partner. Together we have connections spanning the globe and we share a single ambition; “to help British businesses to find new markets and new opportunities as we extend UK exporting excellence, in Europe and beyond.”
Andrew Mitchell CMG was appointed as HM’s Trade Commissioner for Europe in March 2018, having formally served as British Ambassador to Sweden. His role is to grow the UK’s trading relationship with the EU27 as well as promote trade with 15 other countries non-EU European markets.