UK plastics export sector calls for government support

The UK plastics export sector has urged the government to increase financial support for companies, amid concerns over the impact of Covid-19 on supply chain operations.

Addressing the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee, Director General of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) Philip Law, speaking on behalf of the UK plastics export sector, called on the government to provide assistance as ‘dual challenges’ posed by Brexit and the coronavirus are set to impact the sector significantly for the foreseeable future.

Law pressed the government needs to look at innovative ways of supporting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) exporters. These include: exploring the opportunity for virtual exhibitions, helping companies fund foreign language versions of their websites and taking inspiration from international market entry models such as the China Britain Business Council (CBBC), which assists companies secure a foothold in the market by increasing shared office space and expert infrastructure.