June 24 2014.

A delegation of more than 20 key members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), share their export plans with the 10 Downing Street team today. The Prime Minister David Cameron's team is keen to hear about the challenges, barriers and opportunities micro, small and medium businesses face around exports. In particular, the PM wants know how the government can help in the future.

Latest research from the FSB shows that more small businesses than ever are looking to export goods and services. Findings from the FSB's latest quarterly business index found that a net balance of 24 per cent of FSB members expect exports to rise in the next three months.

Action is needed by the government and its agencies to underpin the domestic economic recovery with new export growth. Maximising the impact of the International Festival for Business, improving guidance to new markets and customers and helping communicate about business leads would help the UK's small firms play a key part in narrowing the export gap.

John Allan, FSB National Chairman said: "Small businesses have a major part to play if the government is to meet its challenging targets for 100,000 new exporters by 2020. The International Festival of Business, which I am proud to be an Ambassador for, should go some way to helping small businesses start their exporting journey, but it's also important to have an opportunity to express our views directly to the 10 Downing Street team. The government needs to understand what a big step exporting is for many small firms, and what support they need to enable them to make the most of overseas opportunities."