William Eichler 07 September 2021

Guidance to help councils boost exports published

Guidance to help councils boost exports published image

Local authority leaders are urging councils to adopt internationalisation strategies that would help local businesses export their goods and services.

Nearly 6.5 million jobs in the UK depend on the country’s ability to export abroad, with firms in London and the south east having the highest number of export-supported jobs.

Many businesses look to their local authority for advice around arrangements for exporting, as well as advice about the present regulatory framework.

In order to support councils in this effort, the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned Value Adage to produce a report with guidance on how local authorities can best support local exporters.

‘This guide will help local authorities to build connections and work with partners domestically and internationally to help support greater exports and create jobs in their local communities,’ said Cllr Kevin Bentley, chair of the LGA’s People and Places Board.

‘Councils stand ready to work with the government as an important partner to build back better and level up the country, including supporting local businesses to increase exports.’

Minister for exports, Graham Stuart MP commented: ‘With this Government committed to driving growth and exports in every corner of the UK, I’m delighted that the Local Government Association is encouraging councils to help businesses take advantage of international trading opportunities.

‘The Department for International Trade will continue to open markets through trade deals but also has teams at home and in 119 other countries ready to help businesses take advantage of the new opportunities we are creating.

‘Exports lead to more and better paying jobs and, with the help of local councils, we are determined to see these benefits reach every part of the UK.’

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Adult Social Care (CLDT)

Bolton Council
This is a permanent Social Work role in Adult Social Care. Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Bolton Council

Principal Programme Officer

Bolton Council
Do you enjoy variety and change? Can you keep your eye on the detail whilst also thinking strategically? Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Bolton Council

IDT Junior Developer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£28,226 - £30,095
Telford & Wrekin Council are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Junior Developer. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Activities Leader (Outdoor Adventurous Activities)

Leicestershire County Council
Lead activities and ensure that delivery of programmes are of a high standard. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Transition Support Worker (Complex Needs)

Leicestershire County Council
This is an exciting opportunity for to work with an experienced team delivering high quality learning opportunities and care. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.