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Power Lunch with the Exports Team, Cabinet Office Implementation Unit

  • Adam Smith Institute 23 Great Smith Street London, SW1P 3DJ (map)

Barriers to Exports

From setting up free schools to getting adults into work, the Implementation Unit is responsible for turning government commitments into tangible successes. It’s currently looking at increasing UK exports. Back in 2012, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set the ambitious target of doubling exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This lunch will support the Implementation Unit in their task of understanding the barriers facing exporters and what can be done to overcome them to ensure this happens.

Power Lunches are small, informal affairs aimed at entrepreneurs in our network. We restrict them to around 14 people (but people of influence). We start at 12:45pm for 1:00pm, and finish no later than 2:15pm. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; sandwiches, fruit, wine and coffee are served, and ideas are exchanged. There will also be time after the lunch to network with other attendees.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who have experience or an interest in exporting, and ideas about where and how things could be improved. It’s a real chance to help shape government policy. As with all of our events, there is no cost to attend and it will be attended mostly be fellow business owners.

This event will consider the following questions:

Domestic Environment: Do firms have access to working capital? Are domestic regulations burdensome? Is there adequate infrastructure?
Market Insight & Networks: Do firms lack links into and within markets? Are firms aware of demand levels overseas?
Firm Capacity: Do firms have an appetite to export? Do firms have the resources to export?
Culture: Do firms have access to sufficient language skills? Are firms aware of the business environment overseas?
Overseas Regulation: Are overseas taxation regimes prohibitive? How do product standards differ across markets? Is there sufficient legal protection? Are overseas customs and tariff regimes prohibitive?
Transaction Risk: Is there appropriate insurance?

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