Since the BCC last surveyed Chamber members in 2011, the share of responding businesses actively exporting goods and services from the UK rose from just over a fifth (22%) to nearly a third (32%).

Yet the survey also shows that a number of challenges, barriers, and obstacles remain. The BCC and the Chamber Network will be working hard over the coming years to overcome these obstacles, working closely with companies and with Government, and will help to unlock the potential of Britain’s existing and future exporters.

A quarter of current and previous exporters and those that are considering doing so believe that UK regulations are a barrier to exporting. International regulation also stifles export growth – one in three of those currently exporting, those that have previously exported and those that are considering doing so, suggest that overseas regulations present a barrier to trading globally.

The Government must ensure that hard-working exporters don’t see their products held up by red tape here in the UK – before they even get goods to market. The current stock of UK regulations must be examined to ensure it does not place unnecessary burdens on exporters. The Government must also work with other countries to reduce any unnecessary international regulations that prevent UK firms entering global markets.