The Department for International Trade (DIT) has stepped up engagement with British industry as UK trade negotiations intensify.
As part of the move, eleven new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, have been established to provide knowledge and experience.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said it forms part of a major new business engagement drive designed to support the UK’s ambitious trade negotiations.
Truss said: “This is about bringing business closer to the negotiating table and using their expertise to help secure the best possible deals that deliver jobs and growth across Britain.
“Talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand are entering their crucial latter stages, so it is only right that we step up engagement with vital industries to utilise their technical and strategic expertise.”
Adding: “I want business in Britain to feel engaged and informed about the work we’re doing to build an independent trade policy and how it impacts them. As we recover from Coronavirus we want to strike deals that benefit every part of the country so we can build back better and deliver a fairer country for all.”
List of 11 Trade Advisory Groups:
- Automotive, Aerospace and Marine
- British Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
- Life Sciences
- Tech and Telecoms
- Financial Services
- Professional Advisory Services
- Transport Services
- Creative Industries