SCOTLAND SET FOR EXPORT BOOST

Scottish businesses are set to deliver 366 export projects with a combined international sales value of £1.7 billion over the next three to five years.

Scottish Enterprise offshoot Scottish Development International (SDI) says that “through focused support, 140 new and active Scottish exporters have now emerged”.

In 2015/16 SDI worked with 2,600 companies to achieve their international ambitions – more than 50 per cent were at the start of their international journey.

Says SDI MD Paul Lewis, “While Scotland’s performance has been encouraging over the last few years, these are still too few exporters concentrated in too few sectors and focused on too few markets.

“Therefore, these results are very encouraging. We have supported Scottish companies to access over 400 new markets ranging from China and Germany to Belgium and South Africa, of which 160 products and services were taken to an international market for the first time”.

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