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British businesses look to new markets for export growth

Our latest research shows that North America, Oceania and Greater China are the favoured regions for UK businesses seeking export opportunities beyond the European Union (EU).

Building back better with digital

Our new research shows international trade is set to provide UK businesses with a route out of the difficulties they have faced over the past 12 months.

Beyond Europe: Embracing exports the world over

Our new research shows leading British businesses are embracing new international markets as they look to exploit growing export opportunities. The Spring 2021 edition of our Trade Barometer research shows that British expo...

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Demystifying the international opportunity

What stops British businesses really going for it on the international stage? Very often, it is fear of the unknown: those businesses that have yet to start selling overseas aren't sure where to start, fear they'll be tri...

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All aboard for international growth

Find out how on board businesses are with exporting, Brexit and international trading. Share this article linkedin twitter email We have analysed the responses of more than 1,000 businesses with the size, scale or am...


Brexit blues? Stay positive - international growth prospects look promising

For all the concern about Brexit, it's important to recognise that the outlook of British businesses trading overseas is global, says John Carroll, Head of Product Management & International Business, Santander UK. Share t...


UK businesses are upbeat about their prospects

65% of UK businesses are confident or very confident their businesses will grow over the next three years, the latest edition of the Santander Trade Barometer reveals. Share this article linkedin twitter email 80% in...


55% of retailers and wholesalers plan to expand their overseas sales this year

Sukh Nat, our Head of Retail and Wholesale, gives his take on the results of the latest Trade Barometer in relation to UK retailers and wholesalers. Share this article linkedin twitter email The UK's retailers and ...


Over 75% of transport and logistics businesses confident of growth over next three years

John Simkins, our Head of Transport and Logistics, gives his take on the results of the latest Trade Barometer in relation to this fast-moving sector. Share this article linkedin twitter email The latest edition of t...

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The Benefits of Diversification

Diversifying into new products and service lines can provide an effective path to fast growth, as you sell more products to existing customers or establish new markets. But it's vital to weigh up the risks as well as the op...

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The benefits of an ethical business

Ethical policies can boost the bottom line, but it's important to clearly define goals and measure outcomes. Share this article linkedin twitter email An increasing number of businesses are adopting ethical trading ...

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The need for financial headroom

Managers should sense-test their business plans and financial projections to ensure they have the financial headroom that will enable them to cope with unexpected events. Share this article linkedin twitter email In ...

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The importance of credit control

Effective credit control is key to sustaining a fast-growth business, but can also be hugely time-consuming. Find out how to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy cashflow without it eating up all your time. Share t...