BCC warns SME exporters 'under tightening pressure'
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that export are facing 'tightening pressure' as a result of decreasing export sales.
The BCC's quarterly Trade Confidence Outlook report, which polled more than 2,300 SMEs, showed that 27% of exporters recorded decreased export sales during the fourth quarter of 2022.
The survey showed that 26% of businesses saw increased export sales, whilst 47% reported no change. 36% said they expect to see increased profitability in the next 12 months; however, 35% anticipate a decrease.
William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, commented:
'Last autumn the World Trade Organisation forecast global trade growth of just 1% in 2023, down from 3% in 2022. This is creating huge headwinds for smaller UK firms battered by the pandemic, Brexit and energy price shocks.'
Internet link: BCC website