“Made in the UK” is a seen as a hallmark for quality. In countries that include the United States, Canada, Australia and China, the UK is know for its high-quality products and services.
Brexit presents us with an opportunity to capitalise on this reputation and bring our unique brand to the world because at the moment, it is a reputation that is not being fully capitalised upon. We have, it would seem, become too complacent whilst we are in the EU, more content to help European brands instead of our own. But now this will change.
Companies will now have the opportunity to sell their products abroad; smaller companies can even partner with foreign companies in a variety of industries, from cyber security, asset management, financial technology, legal services, education services and infrastructure. Brexit presents with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look towards countries that either need the services we can provide, or can provide us with the tools to gain a more competitive edge.
Earlier this year, the Lord Mayor of London, Charles Bowman, joined the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, where they both launched the National Trade Academy Programme. Such an innovative endeavour aims to help businesses create international partnerships, search for new opportunities and look to businesses overseas that need the quality of “Made in Britain.”
Business owners, academic, students and business owners alike will be encouraged to think about ways they can develop international trade and investment-related skills, so that they can foster the export and trade culture that lies ahead of Global Britain as we leave the EU.
But the question of how they might be able to do this is now being asked by the British Government. In order to encourage peoples entrepreneurial skills, the City of London Corporation and the Department for International Trade have established and International Trade Summer School.
This residential summer school, brings students from across the UK to London, and will teach them about international trade and export strategies.
This represents a unique opportunity for the young students who will attend. It is a chance for us to train a new generation, prepare them for a Britain that looks outwards, not inwards, and to drive our future workforce.
The students will listen to successful business leaders, senior government officials and trade experts, who will teach them not only what skills they need to work alongside other countries but also that change can only start at the grass-roots level.
The UK is taking the first and exciting steps to educate the next generation of British exporters. We are kickstarting our ambitions to become a globally focussed trading nation. Such an opportunity will allow us to secure jobs, drive growth and prosperity and take full advantage of our Brand, “Made in Britain.”