Government expands Google partnership for SME export drive

Written by Sam Trendall on 28 November 2018 in News
News

Department for International Trade to work with internet giant to help small businesses cash in on overseas opportunities

Credit: PA

The government is to expand its partnership with Google in a bid to help UK SMEs make the most of export opportunities.

The Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT campaign will work with the internet firm’s newly launched Digital Garage initiative to host an “exporting education series” of events next year. About 2,000 small businesses are expected to attend the training, which will be hosted at sites in Manchester, Edinburgh, and “on university campuses around the UK”, the government said.

The training programme will encompass three modules, covering “finding global opportunities, setting up new export operations, and marketing”.

Google has already worked in partnership with DIT to build the online Market Finder service, which aims to help SMEs identify opportunities to sell goods and services overseas.


Related content


Baroness Fairhead, a minister of state at DIT who attended the launch of the Digital Garage programme in London this week, said: “This exciting initiative between Google and the GREAT campaign will give SMEs up and down the country the opportunity to gain valuable insights into how to start or expand their export operations.”

This week DIT also announced that it has selected a dozen UK firms in the artificial intelligence and machine learning space to join a trade mission to the US next month. The chosen companies will visit New York between 3 and 7 December, where they will attend the annual AI Summit. The government hopes that the UK outfits will have the chance to meet with US peers, learn about the requirements of trading overseas, and “connect with influencers in the New York tech community”.

Her Majesty’s consul general in New York and trade commissioner for North America Antony Phillipson said: “This summit is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the leading UK AI companies and provide them with a platform to develop key partnerships in the US. The UK is a global leader in AI, and one of the four Grand Challenges in our modern Industrial Strategy, which focuses on driving international trade and investment in emerging fields to secure a prosperous future for the UK and its partners in the global economy.”

The firms that will join the trade mission are: Kainos; Luminance; Peak; Ravelin; re:infer; Smartology; Speechmatics; StatusToday; Tessian; Velocity Black; and Volume.ai.

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

The three public sector technology trends that will define 2019
27 December 2018

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall picks out the topics and trends that will dominate the year ahead, and revisits the predictions of a year ago to see any of them came to pass

The biggest stories of 2018 – part one
28 December 2018

We take a look back at the major developments that shaped the first half of the year

 

Related Sponsored Articles

Why BT UniCORN Framework – Join the partnership to cut costs and create opportunities
11 February 2019

Whether you need mobile devices or fibre optics, cloud services or switchboard systems, with UniCORN you'll have more purchasing power and unlock benefits you wouldn't get alone

Why BT London ICT Framework – sole provider for a pan-London procurement framework for ICT services
4 February 2019

BT understand the public sector in the capital. Frameworks offer a single, simplified way to get the ICT products and services you need