By Daniel Hunter

The Budget must focus resources on encouraging businesses to export for the first time if the Government is to meet its target of 100,000 new exporters by 2020. This is the message from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) as research shows small business exporters have not grown in the last two years.

FSB research in 2010 found that 23 per cent of members exported compared to 21 per cent in 2012. With new and small businesses expected to drive growth to reach Government's targets, the FSB believes that UKTI must use the £70 million announced at the Autumn Statement to encourage more first time exporters through dedicated help and advice.

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