Bounceback plan announced
A ‘bounce back’ plan of trade measures for the agriculture, food and drink industry has been announced by DEFRA and the Department for International Trade (DIT) to help support the sector in the wake of Covid-19. The agriculture and food and drink sector supported four million jobs in the UK in 2018, with exports amounting to £23.7 billion in 2019. With many in the sector furloughed and yet to reopen, and with Brexit likely to impact on trade, the interventions announced will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their overseas trade activity. In addition to a series of webinars designed to help businesses with overseas selling, DEFRA and DIT are launching a new SME e-commerce Accelerator Pilot to increase the level of international e-commerce backing for SMEs in the food and drink industry. The plan will also see the introduction of Defra’s first Agri-food Counsellor serving the Gulf area, a role designed to support those exporting or planning to export to the area. A series of physical and virtual events to encourage trade and exports is also being launched, with the deadline for Britain to request an extension to Brexit negotiations ever closer (July 31st).
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