Press Releases

Recent press releases from Open to Export

Open to Export launches online Export Action Plan to boost SMEs exporting goals

Government backed initiative Open to Export is further accelerating the ambitions of SMEs who are seeking to export via a new online service that produces a focused Export Action Plan to steer them in the right direction. Read more…

Release Date: 27th October 2015

Lesley Batchelor OBE appointed as acting CEO for Open to Export

Building on her involvement on the board of Open to Export CIC, Lesley Batchelor has been appointed as acting CEO, to help shape the company’s strategy and to initiate the recruitment of a permanent successor. Read more…

Release Date: 12th December 2014

UK SME exporters confident of prospects for 2015, says Open to Export

British small business exporters are confident about prospects in 2015, according to research conducted by Open to Export, the online export community backed by Government and the private sector and sponsored by HSBC. Seventy-eight per cent of business owners and managers believe that 2015 will be better than 2014, with the most popular new markets for exports being Europe (59%) and North America (44%). Read more…

Release Date: 27th November 2014

HSBC to partner with Open to Export

Government-backed online service aims to help 20,000 UK SMEs to boost their exporting capability by 2016. HSBC has today been announced as the first corporate sponsor of Open to Export, an online export community backed by Government and business, which aims by 2016 to help 20,000 businesses by offering free access to its forum, webinars and industry contacts. Read more…

Release Date: 27th October 2014

FDF and Open to Export launch food & drink export month to help boost overseas trade

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) today announces the start of a month of food and drink activity with online export community Open to Export, designed to help small and medium-sized food and drink companies grow their exports business. Read more…

Release Date: 15th September 2014

Online exporter service – – becomes a community owned social enterprise.

Following a successful first year, Open to Export, the free, online exporter community, has become a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC). It has the support of the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Export, and marketing solutions and websites provider, hibu as its founding members.

Release Date: 7th February 2014

Export Action Plan