Bradford is capital city for smaller exporters


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.


Note: News bulletin content has been provided by a third-party and is not the opinion of Santander.


Other Articles

When you’re an established business, recruiting top talent in all the areas you need can seem like a never-ending challenge.


If you’re a start-up or small business, how can you put together an attractive employee package to appeal to top talent – graduate and…


Mexico is predicted to become one of the world’s top 10 economies in the next 10 or 20 years.

Stop fraud

More than one million incidents of financial fraud occurred in the first six months of 2016, according to official figures released by…

Santander’s Head of SME International Mark Collings discusses why exporting to new global markets may provide businesses with new and…

Where Next?