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42 Per Cent of British Businesses Look Overseas Following Brexit Vote, New DMCC Report Reveals

March 20 2017
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Out of the UK businesses open to expanding into overseas markets, 75 percent would consider Dubai as a potential expansion destination


DMCC, the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, today released its report ‘Free Zones: Brexit Security for British SME’s’ with research indicating that 42 per cent of UK businesses (2.3 million) are interested in expanding their operations abroad to leverage new opportunities in the post-‘Brexit’ era.

Of the UK-based businesses that have expressed interest in expanding their operations overseas, 75 percent say they are looking at Dubai as a potential expansion destination. According to the report, key reasons that UK businesses are eyeing overseas expansion include the attractiveness of emerging markets, growing needs for a global presence, along with the availability and wealth of overseas talent and resources.

Revealing the findings of the report in London which also marks DMCC’s launch of its international road show ‘Made for Trade Live’ at the Institute of Directors Pall Mall headquarters, Gautam Sashittal, Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, said:

“While research reveals that the full impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union is unlikely to be felt for another two years, British businesses are clearly identifying international opportunities to expand their operations and complement current business activities in new markets. Based in Dubai, DMCC can help these businesses establish their global footprint, trade with confidence and access new markets, in the same way that we have welcomed over 13,000 thriving companies since 2002.”

Emma Kirkman of the British Centres for Business in Dubai said: “We are definitely seeing more interest in exporting and opening in Dubai. The UAE is the fourth-largest export market for the UK outside of Europe, so it is a natural next step for many companies looking to expand internationally. Given the strong existing ties between the UAE and the UK, and the fact that many people are aware of Dubai as a tourism destination, it is often at the forefront of people’s minds when looking at new markets.”

That said, report findings also saw some 13 per cent say that a barrier to overseas expansion is the complexity of the exercise. “This is where free zones like DMCC come in. We have made company formation in Dubai smooth and seamless. Once your business is up and running, we provide end-to-end support and networking opportunities such as the Made for Trade roadshow in order to connect businesses and people”, said Krysta Fox, Executive Director, Free Zone, DMCC.

The ‘Made for Trade Live’ roadshow showcases the benefits of setting up a company in a Free Zone and takes DMCC and its partners to Birmingham 23 March followed by events in China, India and Germany.

Download the full report: ‘Free Zones: Brexit Security for British SME’s’ here.