Export Initiative boost for region’s SMEs

A new scheme launched last Friday (April 27th)  will help Dumfries and Galloway businesses to trade abroad, an MSP has said.


The south of Scotland Export Partnership – launched at Annandale Distillery – aims to increase the number of businesses in the region exporting their products.


South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine said the scheme – supported by Scottish Government funding – will maximise the support available to SMEs.


Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:


“It was great to attend the launch of this important scheme on Friday and meet the people who will be responsible for delivering it on the ground.


“SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy in Dumfries and Galloway and it is vital – particularly with Brexit looming – that we support them to enter new markets.


“Scottish exports are rising faster than the rest of the UK – so there are real opportunities for businesses that have not exported abroad before, to expand into new markets.


“Food and Drink remains one of Scotland’s top exports – which is great news for Dumfries and Galloway where the standard of local producers and businesses in the sector is exceptionally high. 

The south of Scotland Export Partnership is being delivered jointly by the Scottish Government, DG Chamber, Scottish Borders Chamber and Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


The partnership is one of 5 pilot schemes being run across Scotland, supported by up to £400’000 of Scottish Government funding – in keeping with commitments made by the Scottish Government’s Trade and Investment Strategy to facilitate more collaboration between businesses and agencies.