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Export advice for 50,000 UK firms.

ALMOST 50,000 firms have been given Government help as they seek to export goods for the first time.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) said companies exporting to the United States saw the biggest increase in support in the past year.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston said: "Over the last four years, UKTI has more than doubled the number of companies it has helped.

"It has found them distributors in new markets, helped them sell online around the world, supported their first trade show, provided them with advice on over 100 markets around the world and much more.

"As part of our long-term economic plan, we want to increase the number of small and medium-size companies that sell internationally as this creates growth and new jobs in all UK regions and all industries."

At current levels, British firms are likely to fall well short of David Cameron's target of achieving exports worth PS1trn a year by 2020.

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 21, 2014
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