BUCKS busi­nesses is go­ing all around the world

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - with Philippa Bat­ting MD of Bucks Busi­ness first

Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First re­cently com­mis­sioned the 2016 Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness Sur­vey and I thought I’d share some of the re­sults with you to see if they tally with your ex­pe­ri­ences and to give you a glimpse into some think­ing within the Buck­ing­hamshire busi­ness com­mu­nity.

One of the top­ics cov­ered by the wide-rang­ing sur­vey was ex­ports and mar­kets. The sur­vey re­vealed that:

16% of busi­nesses do no trade at all in Buck­ing­hamshire it­self

14% do all of their trade in the county

More than half (56%) of busi­nesses trade with the rest of the UK

Nearly a quar­ter (24%) of busi­nesses trade with the EU

An equal pro­por­tion (24%) of busi­nesses trade with the rest of the world

There is rea­son to be­lieve that many of Buck­ing­hamshire’s busi­nesses want to go even fur­ther with ex­port­ing. Another sur­vey ques­tion asked whether busi­nesses were look­ing to in­crease, de­crease or main­tain their cur­rent lev­els of ex­port­ing. More than a quar­ter (26%) were look­ing to in­crease their ac­tiv­ity com­pared to 6% who were plan­ning to de­crease it, while the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum had very lit­tle ef­fect on these plans. In fact, when asked what an im­pend­ing ‘Brexit’ had done to their ex­port­ing plans, more busi­nesses had planned to in­crease in spite of it rather than de­crease be­cause of it.

New mar­kets, which are gate­ways through which busi­nesses can ac­cess more cus­tomers and in­crease sales and prof­its, do not need to be the Chi­nas or In­dias of this world, they could be Birm­ing­ham or Manchester. No mat­ter where a busi­ness ex­ports and how many sales they make in another county, coun­try or con­ti­nent, there are or­gan­i­sa­tions en­sur­ing that sup­port is al­ways avail­able to sup­port that busi­ness.

On Fri­day 14 Oc­to­ber Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First worked with the De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade (DIT) and En­ter­prise Europe Net­work to bring ex­port­ing ad­vice to busi­ness own­ers on the DIT Ex­port­ing Bus, which parked up out­side our of­fices in Saun­der­ton. This was part of a grand day of free events that also saw the MPs Steve Baker, Ch­eryl Gillan and David Lid­ing­ton chair round ta­ble dis­cus­sions with lo­cal food and drink busi­nesses on a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing ‘Brexit’ and ex­port­ing.

If your busi­ness only trades lo­cally in Buck­ing­hamshire and you want to ex­pand your hori­zons, or you al­ready ex­port to the world but want to in­crease these sales, or you’re any­where in be­tween, help is at hand. In­deed, this is what the Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First busi­ness sup­port team is made for.

Give them a call on 01494 568941, email Busi­nessSup­port@bbf.uk. com or visit our web­site (www.bbf. uk.com) for more in­for­ma­tion.

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