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Bradford is capital city for smaller exporters

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The UK Export Epicentres report from FedEx has identified Bradford as the export capital of Britain, with the highest proportion of exporting small firms in the country. Some 86% of Bradford's SMEs sell products or services overseas, beating London, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton, which all had an 81% exporter rate. The report surveyed 2,500 SMEs from 26 UK cities. Eight in 10 of the business owners surveyed said that they expected sales abroad to rise in the next 12 months. Some 80% of UK small firms said that 'brand Britain' gave them a competitive edge in international markets. The rate of exporters among firms surveyed varied from 66% to 86%. Nearly two-thirds of exporting SMEs chose to enter a European country first, with just under 25% of SME owners surveyed targeting the larger markets such as the US and Canada.

 

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