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SMEs Leading Export Growth 

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are contributing to UK export growth with 63% now exporting.

Research by FedEx Express found that SMEs are taking opportunity of the decline in the value of sterling. Exporting revenues contribute to 59% of exporting SME’s total revenues. 

The digital economy has been a key contributor for exporting SMEs with 81% generating revenue through e-commerce, and 30% have reported increased growth in revenues over the last 12 months.

86% trade within Europe, with France (60%), Germany (56%) and Ireland (43%) the top exporting destinations.

Further findings:

  • 38% export to the USA
  • 53% of SMEs across Europe export to other continents.

Ed Clarke, managing director, UK Ground Operations, FedEx Express, said:

“To continue this upward momentum, governments and businesses across the world should play an increasingly important role to align SMEs exporting ambitions with the digital economy – providing more opportunities to reach new markets and customers.”

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