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UK firms seek new business in Baltic States and Finland

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green began a visit to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland on 11 June, focused on developing trading links with the UK and attracting new investment. For part of the visit he was be accompanied by a trade delegation, with UKTI taking firms from Yorkshire & the Humber to Riga and Vilnius, for a programme of meetings and events, including Chamber of Commerce events with Lord Green in both cities.

Lord Green said: "Many UK firms, particularly SMEs, already have good business links with the Baltic States and Finland, however there is clearly potential to develop and strengthen our economic relationship, which is why I am pleased to be visiting this week.

 "I will be meeting business representatives from all sectors and Ministers in all four countries to showcase Britain's business excellence," he continued. "In 2012 the eyes of the whole world are on the UK and we are working hard to make sure this year delivers the best possible economic impact for companies across the country. This trade mission and the many others like it are helping us do just that. They are also an important part of our ambition to get another 100,000 UK firms exporting by 2020."Exports of goods and services from the UK to the four countries visited this week totalled more than £3.6bn in 2010, while exports of goods alone rose 16.5% to £2.4bn in 2011.


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