With the advent of Brexit, farmers and those with food and drinks businesses have been exploring other avenues and markets in a bid to expand their international footprints hampered by the increased friction surrounding European trade.
Last year, Back British Farming Day launched a government-backed effort to increase the ease at which British farmers (and related food and drinks businesses) can export their produce.
So what does this government scheme entail, and why is now the time to look beyond your borders for growth via exports?
Back British Farming Scheme to Help Food and Drink Producers Sell Their Wares Overseas
Even though the UK agri-food sector contributes around £20bn in exports each year, only 20% of companies sell their goods overseas. This remarkable statistic has prompted the government to take action to help farmers and other producers to sell their products right across the globe.
The Back British Farming initiative will see:
- More dedicated ‘agri-food attachés’ to act as representatives on the ground to unlock critical markets across the world. This will build on the excellent teams already working in our Embassies worldwide.
- The creation of a Food and Drink Exports Council working collaboratively to expand the UK’s food and drink exports strategy. The government will engage closely with Devolved Administrations and others on the design and implementation of the Export Council.
- The strengthening of technical expertise as well as farmers’ and producers’ understanding of export markets to ensure that food and drink exporters can benefit from market opportunities.
Why Start Exporting Your Food and Drink Products from the UK?
This initiative has been launched at a time when the United Kingdom is signing several post-Brexit preferential and free trade agreements with nations such as Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, to name but a few. Demand for British-farmed produce such as pork is also on the rise.
If you’re a farmer that produces food and drink products (or both), you can use this support from the government as a springboard to secure footholds in key international export markets.
However, as useful as this scheme from the government is, you will also need the help of an experienced UK food and drink exporter to ensure the new export arm of your operation runs smoothly. This is where Leverbrook Export can help your business.
Speak to Leverbrook Export Today Regarding Expanding into International Markets
At Leverbrook Export, we help companies of all shapes and sizes (including agricultural operations) to expand their horizons to new international markets. We have over 50 years’ experience in the food and drink exports industry and have established an enviable network of connections worldwide.
We understand that the world of exports can be complex and confusing, so we’re here to help you every step of the way – from filling out the initial export documentation to handling pallet consolidation and last-mile delivery. We do all of the heavy lifting for you, leaving you to focus on your core business activities.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help your agricultural business to export food and drink products from the UK, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.