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Selling more for Britain - Lords Committee to investigate SME exports

A new House of Lords Committee on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) has today launched its inquiry into what the Government is doing to assist and promote SME exports.

SMEs provide nearly 60% of private sector employment in the UK.  Considerable growth is achievable if they can take advantage of the important opportunities that international markets offer. The Committee will look at the support the Government offers to help and encourage SMEs to export. They want to get to grips with why some SMEs export successfully while others don't.
The Committee has issued its call for evidence, inviting submissions from SMEs, business and industry organisations and others interested to submit evidence by 14 September 2012. The Committee wants particularly to hear from SMEs what has worked or not worked for them and invites them to tell us how more SMEs can sell more for Britain.
In particular, the Committee ask:

  •  What more could Government be doing to help the exports of products and services by SMEs?
  •  What differentiate SMEs that export successfully and those that don't?
  •  What are risks and opportunities to SMEs exporting?
  •  What barriers deter SMEs from exporting and how they can be overcome?
  •  Which specific sectors, markets or types of company have the best potential for export?
  •  Which other countries are particularly good at exporting? Can the UK learn from them?

Commenting on the launch of the inquiry, Committee Chairman Lord Cope said:
"Our country can’t afford to waste the opportunity for growth that export markets provide for SMEs. Our Committee has business and political experience across a wide range of industries and want to explore the issues facing SMEs in the UK. In particular we will look at what the Government is doing to help SMEs; what is working and what isn’t.  We want the best support for SMEs trying to export."


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Britain from Above

More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of the UK have been made freely accessible online to the public for the first time.


Britain from Above, a new website launched by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales, features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection, a unique and important archive of over 1 million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006.


Have a look


Workshop on Developing Integrated Applications and Services for the Insurance Industry

ESA Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme:

Workshop on Developing Integrated Applications and Services
for the Insurance Industry

Monday 26 March 2012

Catlin Offices: Lower Ground Floor
88 Leadenhall Street, London  EC3A 3BP


An ESA-sponsored workshop, the topic for discussion is 'Developing Integrated Applications and Services for the Insurance Industry', with a particular emphasis on Loss Adjustment activities and the benefits that satellite-based services can bring to the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

see the agenda for the meeting HERE


If you are interested in attending or would like further information please email

Hugh Shaffer
Integrated Applications
ESA Harwell Centre
Office: +44 (0)1235 567 912
Mobile: +44 (0)7740 054 753

Science Communication Training 2011

ESCONET - European Science Communication Network

Science is changing our world every day, increasing the demand for scientists and researchers to explain their work and its effects on society - be it to the public, funding agencies or to policy makers.

ESCONET aim to help scientists to make the best out of this, helping you develop the skills and confidence to interact with media, engage with ordinary citizens, to advise and persuade policy makers and to get clearly heard.

If you are interested in finding out more or possibly attending a training workshop please visit; http://www.esconet.org/ESConet/Welcome.html

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