UK exporters to go green | Links with SE-Asian markets | How to prepare for Black Friday

Posted on 11/11/2021 by DHL Express

COP26 call for UK exporters to look to green trade

During COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference that has been taking place over the past two weeks, UK Export Finance launched a campaign to encourage UK businesses to take advantage of green trade opportunities overseas. It estimates that green trade is set to be worth £1.8 trillion by 2030, highlighting that UK businesses could take advantage of renewable exports as the world tries to reach net zero by 2050.

International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “UK Export Finance has the tools exporters need to tap into green markets across the world with over £2 billion of lending dedicated to financing clean growth and huge capacity to support SMEs.”

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Foreign Secretary visit builds UK links with fast-growing Southeast Asia

Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, is visiting Southeast Asia this week to strengthen ties with one of the fastest-growing parts of the world. Her visit comes after the agreement of a new partnership between the UK and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

With 650 million people, ASEAN provides great opportunities for businesses looking to expand into rapidly growing markets and forging links with the area could be an important step for them. The region was worth almost £34 billion in 2020 and is predicted to be the fourth largest ‘single market’ by 2030.

Truss will visit Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as she encourages Britain to look ahead to future growth and consider who their major partners will be in 2050 and beyond.

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How to prepare for Black Friday

Black Friday sales this year are set to be even bigger than 2020. However, the high abandonment rate of online shopping carts last year demonstrated how issues such as slow checkout pages and unexpected delivery costs could turn customers off.

If you’re looking to capitalise on Black Friday fever on 26 November, then there are a few things you can do, such as optimising your website and offering multiple payment options, to ensure those sales and stay ahead of competitors.

You can also protect your business from supply chain disruptions by promoting existing stock and keeping a close eye on your inventory, rather than relying on deliveries of new shipments to fulfil customer orders.

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