UK International Retail Action Plan

Launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable in March 2013, Christine Losecaat developed the UK Retail Industry International Action Plan on behalf of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in association with the retail industry.

The Action Plan focuses on:

  • helping omni-channel retailers access international markets
  • helping the UK’s luxury brands access international markets
  • leveraging the UK’s experience economy
  • helping companies with market access issues
  • helping companies with market development and supply chain development
  • helping to attract retail investment to the UK
  • government added-value

The aim of the Action Plan is to:

  • deliver £500 million value to the UK economy through assisting up to 1,000 businesses with their international growth in the 2 years to March 2015
  • provide support for up to 600 retail sector SMEs to help with their international growth
  • attract high quality foreign direct investment to the UK to enhance the UK retail sector
  • attract foreign brands and retail expertise to support the UK retail sector’s international offer
  • work with Business Ambassadors and the Catalyst programme (a network of business leaders and influencers) to promote the UK retail sector internationally for trade and for foreign direct investment
  • tailor UKTI support programmes and increase the uptake of these services to UK retailers seeking to internationalise their businesses, specifically in the digital marketing and e-commerce areas
  • increase the professionalism of the UKTI global and national network of support for the retail sector, including work with private sector providers to deliver information and advice