Scottish exports soared to £23.9 billion, according to new research, fueled by a big rise in sales to the European Union and Asia. Food and drink were the biggest exports, with whisky sales ahead of expectations.
Doubling the number of UK small businesses exporting seems like an ambitious target. But the UK Department of Trade and Industry (UKTI) is urging more to look further afield and realise their potential. They want at least 50,000 small businesses exporting by 2015 – bringing Britain in line with similar-sized European countries.
It’s a familiar complaint – British schoolchildren just aren’t studying foreign languages any more. We regularly read more dismal news about falling numbers taking French or German A-levels, and universities closing departments.
Can you say Jammie Dodger in Chinese? Or do you know how Russians like a cup of tea?
Brands such as Wagon Wheels and Typhoo tea may seem as British as a bright red phone box. But they’re gaining fans around the world, helping push UK food exports past a record £12bn.
A Scottish dating agency are using the foreign language internet to spark love interests in Brazil.
A whopping two-thirds of London’s businesses are not exporting, and very few would consider going overseas, a new report has said.
When you think of translation services, Scotland isn’t exactly the first place to come to mind. And yes, we hear the jokes that some of those below the border could do with a Scottish-English translator more times than you would care to imagine.
Over a third of UK exporters have experienced ’significant’ growth since branching out overseas.
It seems like everyone’s talking about UK exports this month.
British workers’ poor foreign language skills are holding them back from jobs in European Union institutions, an official said this week.