June 5 2014.

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s official Export Credit Agency, has entered into a partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to support UK exporters.

The partnership is designed to support the BCC’s online export platform, Export Britain, which showcases opportunities in key international markets – linking UK exporters to the support available from British Chambers and business groups in the UK and around the world.

Commenting ahead of the second annual UK Trade and Export Finance Conference, which is taking place in Birmingham today, David Riches, Executive Director of Commercial Services at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to welcome UK Export Finance as a partner in the work of the British Chambers of Commerce and the Accredited Chamber Network in supporting UK SME exporters. UK Export Finance has been working closely with Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the country for some time, and this new partnership will help to ensure that the valuable support they provide is accessible to even more exporting businesses as they look to penetrate high-growth markets across the world.

Paul Croucher, Head of Trade Finance and Insurance Solutions at UK Export Finance said: “Partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce reinforces our commitment to playing a key role in the UK’s export-led economic recovery, by forging strong partnerships and collaborations with exporters, trade and business associations and the financial sector, including banks.

“The challenge is to make sure that we maximise our potential in complementing - not competing with - the private sector. Since 2011, when a series of new products and services were launched aimed at the SME market, we have backed almost £1 billion of export contracts to over 65 markets, of which around £150m of export contracts were supported through our Export Insurance Policy.”