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Consumer mobile use | Business in Britain report | Record levels of exporters

Mobile shopping
Smartphones impact retail online and in-store

According to Bizrate Insights, 63 per cent of consumers use mobile devices to check stock before visiting a physical store, or think it’s a good idea to do so. Meanwhile, 21 per cent of shoppers use their mobile devices when shopping in-store, with many using them to compare prices from store to store.

Although the majority of online purchases are made using desktop devices, mobile is making a significant impact. Many retailers are finding an increasing amount of web traffic is coming from mobile devices, so it’s important to consider this when developing an online store.


Foreign revenues set to rise

33 per cent of businesses in the North East were exporting at the end of 2015, with 37 per cent of their sales coming from foreign markets, according to the Lloyds Bank Business in Britain report.

The report, which surveys 1,500 small to medium sized businesses in the UK annually, found that 30 per cent of respondents expected increased sales in the US and Canada, and 24 per cent anticipated sales to increase in the Asia-Pacific region.

Europe is currently the UK’s biggest trading partner, and 37 per cent of companies surveyed are predicting an uplift in sales from the continent.

Exporting from the UK

Exporting is GREAT week
Global export opportunities

The Exporting is GREAT website has received over 20,000 responses to export opportunities since it launched in November 2015. Around 40 new opportunities are added each day, coming from 109 different countries and 44 sectors.

Meanwhile, the Export Hub roadshow continues its journey around the country, having provided support and advice to almost 3,000 companies so far.

“We have a proud history as a trading nation. The development of digital technology has the potential to give even the smallest company a global reach and access to attractive new markets,” said Lord Price, Trade and Investment Minister.


Thursday 21 April 2016

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