‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ – Government gears up exporting efforts

  • The Department for International Trade’s flagship campaign ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ begins a new phase, with several Scottish businesses featuring.
  • DirectID, Emergency One and AAC Clyde Space will appear in nationwide radio and billboard ads.
  • Campaign includes SMEs from around the UK who have seen an export boost.

FROM fire and rescue vehicle manufacturing to satellite technology, the Department for International Trade is shining a light on Scottish SMEs in the next phase of its nationwide campaign.

DirectID, Emergency One and AAC Clyde Space are among the Scottish firms featuring in the adverts which will run on local radio, in print, and on billboards in train stations across the UK until the end of November.  

‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ aims to encourage more businesses to export, and to make use of the free expert advice offered by the UK Government to help them on every step of their journey. 

Minister for Exports Marcus Fysh said, “Exporters create jobs, pay higher wages and help grow our economy, which is why we want the UK to be an export-led economy and reach a trillion pounds of exports a year by 2030. 

“This campaign highlights some fantastic businesses punching above their weight, selling their brilliant products and services made here in the UK to the world.  I hope they serve as inspiration to others looking to get onto the exporting ladder. As the campaign says: if you make it in the UK, why not sell it to the world?” 

Emergency One is the UK’s largest provider of specialist Fire and Rescue service vehicles in the UK, and the manufacturer of the world’s first 100% electric fire engine – the E1 EV0™.

Their exports have increased steadily year on year, with them now selling fire engines and electric vehicle technology to markets in the USA, France and more recently in New Zealand.

Claire Carson, Marketing Manager at Emergency One (UK) Ltd, commented, “The ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign is a great chance to get Scottish businesses talking about the benefits of exporting. Exporting has provided a real boost to Emergency One over the past few years, as we’ve expanded our sales abroad and grown into new markets.

“There’s no reason other innovative Scottish businesses couldn’t do the same, and we’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch with the Department for International Trade for help in getting started.” 

AAC Clyde Space specialise in small satellite technologies and services that enable a growing number of commercial, government and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space.

The company has exported since its inception in 2005, growing its business in Japan, the US, and South Africa. Since then, they have grown our footprint and added various sites and partners to access new markets.

Peter Anderson, the CCO of AAC Clyde Space, said, “We’re so pleased to be a part of this campaign. Anything we do to encourage other businesses to export is always positive, and this campaign should hopefully get more people in Scotland to consider their export potential.

“We provide world class goods and services in the UK, and there’s a market out there for selling them. The Department for International Trade are ready to help any businesses access these markets.”

In 2019, there were around 12,400 Scottish companies exporting goods or services, and in 2021 Scotland accounted for 9% of all UK goods exports at £27.0 billion.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said, “From fintech to fire engines to our world-famous food and drink sector, Scotland’s businesses have huge exporting potential.

“This campaign will highlight some fantastic Scottish companies that are already benefitting from selling their products around the globe. I hope it will inspire more businesses to follow suit, boosting the economy in Scotland and across the UK and supporting jobs.”

Minister for Trade, Scott Mann said, “People around the world are lining up to buy British food, and this government is making sure that they can get it. From our fantastic seafood and meat to our world class produce, British food and drink is renowned for its high-quality and exceptional standards.

“This campaign ensures that all businesses making wonderful products have the tools they need to sell them around the world, bringing even more jobs and growth to a flourishing sector of our economy.”

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