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  1. April 11, 2014

    Stalling sales in big foreign markets dim hopes for continued Scotch whisky boom

    Plunging sales of Scotch to China and Venezuela helped stall growth in Scottish whisky exports last year, raising questions...

  2. April 10, 2014

    Contract sanctions plan seen as threat to £25bn legal market

    Proposals by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to introduce new contract sanctions have sent a chill through the UK’s...

  1. April 9, 2014

    UK trade deficit shrinks

    The UK’s trade deficit decreased slightly in the three months to February, because falling imports have outpaced a drop in...

  2. The World

    April 9, 2014

    The pasta theory: the snags to Britain going solo in global trade

    Could the UK go it alone in the cut-throat world of global trade? Iain Mansfield, the 30-year-old British diplomat awarded...

  3. April 8, 2014

    Saudis pay over £1bn to enrol British further education expertise

    UK skills providers have won contracts worth more than £1bn to run 16 further education colleges in Saudi Arabia, helped by...

  4. April 7, 2014

    Bank of England to support loans for UK exporters for first time

    George Osborne announced on Monday that the Bank of England will support export finance for the first time, as he attempts...

  5. March 31, 2014

    UK exports to EU worth £211bn, says study

    Exports to EU countries help to support 4.2m UK jobs and are worth £211bn to the economy, according to new research which...

  6. March 26, 2014

    US ‘bullying’ UK banks and hindering legal trade with Iran

    Washington is “bullying” UK banks into refusing to support legal exports to Iran, costing British companies hundreds of...

  7. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Concerns over durability of exports and investment

    Exports and business investment have been disappointing features of the UK’s economic recovery so far, although the latter...

  8. March 17, 2014

    Osborne boosts UK government support for exporters

    George Osborne is to shake up UK government support for exporters and funnel more money into helping medium-sized firms sell...

  9. March 14, 2014

    UK suffers sharp decline in exports

    A sharp fall in exports widened Britain’s trade deficit in January and underlined that the country’s recovery remains...

  10. March 10, 2014

    Sterling under pressure after BoE’s Charlie Bean warns on exports

    Sterling came under pressure on the foreign exchange market on Monday after a senior Bank of England official warned that a...

  11. March 3, 2014

    Rolls-Royce faces India probe threat

    Rolls-Royce, the UK engine maker, faces the threat of a new corruption investigation and a freeze on India contracts after...

  12. February 26, 2014

    Britain’s economic recovery is rooted overseas

    Demonstrators outside the lavish London apartment of Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s wealthiest man, have brought the crisis on...

  13. February 23, 2014

    Northwest at vanguard of animation revival

    Britain’s animation studios are starting to get busier as government tax incentives trigger a wave of investment. The...

  14. February 20, 2014

    British car production poised to accelerate

    Car production from British factories was flat in January as large manufacturers prepared for scheduled output increases...

  15. February 19, 2014

    BAE Systems strikes Eurofighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia

    BAE Systems has secured a boost for British manufacturing and safeguarded 5,000 jobs after finally agreeing the price of a...

  16. February 18, 2014

    Whisky maker Diageo sees UK membership of EU as tonic

    Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits maker, has propelled itself to the forefront of the debate on a potential British...

  17. February 13, 2014

    UK floods cause surge in some parts of economy

    The flooding that has brought misery to thousands of people across Britain has proved a boon for some parts of the economy....

  18. February 12, 2014

    UK exporters’ confidence highest since 2007

    Confidence among UK exporters is at its highest since 2007, but more support will be needed to reach the government’s target...

  19. February 7, 2014

    UK trade deficit narrows sharply

    Britain’s trade deficit narrowed sharply in December to its smallest since July 2012, thanks to higher exports and a fall in...

  20. February 5, 2014

    Nick Clegg seeks stronger ties with Latin America

    Since airlines on both sides of the Atlantic halted their London-Bogotá route a decade ago, stopovers in Frankfurt, Madrid,...

  21. February 3, 2014

    Clegg sets off to boost UK investment in Mexico and Colombia

    An attempt to build a stronger British investment presence in Mexico and Colombia will get under way on Monday when more...

  22. January 29, 2014

    Scots exports would be worth almost £100bn after independence

    Fuelled by banking, whisky and oil, an independent Scotland would export goods and services worth almost £100bn, putting it...

  23. January 27, 2014

    Imports boost UK productivity and export potential, says research

    Imports are helping to increase the UK’s productivity and export potential rather than being the enemy to growth, according...

  24. January 26, 2014

    UK company profit warnings surge

    The UK’s largest quoted companies issued more profit warnings in the fourth quarter of last year than in any three-month...

  25. January 24, 2014

    Scottish cloth exports to China set for record high

    As Scots don their clan tartans in celebration of national bard Robert Burns this weekend, they may be surprised to learn...

  26. January 21, 2014

    Brussels seeks to curb investor litigation under trade deals

    The European Commission is pushing to include strict constraints on investors’ ability to take legal action against...

  27. January 18, 2014

    Cable visits UAE in mission to boost trade and infrastructure

    Vince Cable will fly to the United Arab Emirates, an important trading partner, this weekend in an effort to boost trade...

  28. January 12, 2014

    The many frailties of Britain’s recovery

    Confidence is flying high among British businesses. Companies are scrambling to hire staff and orders are booming. After a...

  29. January 12, 2014

    Ken Clarke visits China with health service trade in his sights

    Ken Clarke, the veteran cabinet minister, begins a five-day trade visit to China on Monday saying he wants to increase...

  30. January 9, 2014

    UK trade deficit shows little improvement

    Britain’s trade deficit narrowed slightly in November but showed little sign of significant improvement; an exception to the...

  31. December 31, 2013

    Yorkshire co-op Suma Wholefoods’ bonus to rival that of John Lewis

    A workers’ co-operative in Yorkshire is paying its staff a bonus to rival John Lewis as the sector ends a difficult year on...

  32. December 22, 2013

    Big change needed to fix import-export gap, warns UK trade minister

    Britain’s trade deficit is a problem that nothing less than a substantial expansion in exports will fix, the trade minister...

  33. December 20, 2013

    Bank of England becomes more cautious on economic predictions

    The Bank of England has become more pessimistic about Britain’s growth and export performance after publishing its first...

  34. December 10, 2013

    David Willetts predicts man on Mars within 30 years

    There will be a person on Mars within the next 30 years, according to the British science minister. David Willetts outlined...

  35. December 8, 2013

    UK admits China relations slow to thaw after Dalai Lama visit

    China froze out Britain for more than a year longer than British diplomats expected after David Cameron met the Dalai Lama,...

  36. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: Export finance doubled to £50m

    British companies looking overseas have been given a boost after the chancellor announced a doubling of export finance...

  37. December 4, 2013

    David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin

    Schools should stop teaching children so much French and German and focus instead on Mandarin, David Cameron said on his...

  38. December 4, 2013

    UK pig trade deal with China could net £45m for British farmers

    British farmers will soon begin exporting pig semen to their Chinese counterparts as the UK looks to capitalise on the...

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