Chambers of Commerce are recognised across the UK and around the world as leading supporters of international trade. Chambers deliver trade support and advice, as well as a range of specialist services, to businesses of all sizes in Britain’s exporting community.

Given the need to rebalance the UK economy towards exports to secure recovery and longterm prosperity, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) commissioned a major international trade business survey in Q1 2012 – to which 8,073 businesses responded. The survey clearly demonstrates that Exporting is Good for Britain.

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.