The view from UK
Exporting brings real growth opportunities for businesses of all sizes but it does take time, commitment and perseverance as we heard in our survey of over 2,000 companies across the UK.
On behalf of HSBC UK, YouGov undertook a survey of 2,027 SME decision makers to get their views on exporting. For the businesses that currently export, we explored a range of issues from their reasons for exporting to the lessons they've learned and what they think makes a good exporter.
Of businesses do not currently export or plan to in the future
Of businesses currently export ouside the UK
Of businesses plan to export in the future
1% of respondents don't know
For any business, making the move into exporting can be a big step and the decision to explore overseas markets can be driven by a number of different factors.
Goods or services are not suitable for export
Our business is too small to support export operations
Not enough support, advice or information