British owned airline, bmi regional, has confirmed a partnership with the Department for International Trade. The partnership aims to support the Department’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign by providing discounts for business travellers across its routes.
The campaign aims to encourage businesses to take advantage of the global demand for British goods and services, with reported tens of thousands of exporting opportunities available for UK companies globally.
The Government wants to get more businesses exporting with a target of 100,000 additional exporters by 2020.
At present, statistics show that trade exports for the UK are growing but are far below UK import figures. In October 2016, HMRC reported £28.8bn in overseas trade, while the figure for imports sits at £39.6bn, according to uktradeinfo.com, the official trade statistics website of HMRC.
The airline runs operates an incentive to help small companies sell overseas – Seats for Start Ups, and they are keen to increase their support for business generation. With the new scheme, bmi will offer all participating businesses a discount on regional routes out the UK, but will not include codeshare flights.
In a statement, bmi regional’s chief commercial officer, Jochen Schnadt said: “Business travel is a key part of our strategy and helping businesses, large and small, to grow their export trade is fundamental to bmi regional’s strategy of enabling business. This campaign demonstrates the Government and industry’s commitment to helping businesses grow and succeed. Our vision is to help businesses reach their goals and opportunities by providing a quality, efficient and cost effective transport service.”
“bmi regional has focused on flying out of specific UK airports at regular and convenient times to make business travel, even returning in a day, a viable option for our clients.
International trade minister, Mark Garnier said: “The global appetite for UK goods and services has never been greater. We are determined to do all we can to equip UK companies with the guidance and support needed to help them take the next step in their exporting journey. Our new great.gov.uk digital hub and partnerships like this will deliver that journey.”