DIT Security Export Strategy Launched - #exportingisGREAT - 16 October 2019

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched the Security Export Strategy, which sets out how the Government will ensure that UK companies remain at the forefront of growing global demand for security exports and services. Published on 11th September 2019 it is aimed at growing UK exports for the security and fire sectors.

It builds on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) wider Industrial Strategy and subsequent DIT Export Strategy launched last year. “This document mirrors the four themes of the Government’s wider 2018 Export Strategy and builds on the work of the previous security strategy from 2014. It sets out how we will encourage companies to export; provide information on how to sell overseas; connect them with potential buyers and partners overseas and finally ensure that they have access to the necessary finance to realise these opportunities.”

Coltraco Ultrasonics are honoured that as part of the strategy, showing how the UK Government supports exporters, the Portalevel® MAX has been featured (seen on page 17 included below).

The Portalevel® MAX is a ultrasonic liquid level indicator, used to test gas contents in fire suppression systems, which is utilised by companies globally. Coltraco Ultrasonics are experienced in international trade, winning the 2019 Queens Award for International Trade, exporting 89% to 120 countries: 40% of their exports go to Asia and the USA is their lead national market. Coltraco are honoured to be partners with the GREAT campaign and for their CEO to be a DIT Export Champion, Expert Panel Member at the DFID , member of the UK-USA SME Dialogue and a Decision-Making Panel member of the Bank of England.  Most recently Coltraco’s CEO and Head of Marketing & Communications won Exporting Awards from the GTR- British Exporters Association. Coltraco encourage all other businesses to export – there is a world of opportunity.

EXTRACTS BELOW RELATED TO THE FIRE SECTOR:

Security Export Strategy

Growing UK exports for global security
Executive Summary

  • We are publishing this strategy amidst the global challenges that countries face in a world where the threats to the safety and security of people and infrastructure are increasing. It highlights the types of organisations that typically purchase security solutions and what their drivers are. It also identifies the priority markets where the resources that Government has at its disposal can have the most impact.
  • This document mirrors the four themes of the Government’s wider 2018 Export Strategy and builds on the work of the previous security strategy from 2014. It sets out how we will encourage companies to export; provide information on how to sell overseas; connect them with potential buyers and partners overseas and finally ensure that they have access to the necessary finance to realise these opportunities.
  • The UK’s security sector has many world-class solutions and this strategy highlights some of those on offer which can meet the requirements of clients around the world. Acknowledging that this is a sector largely dominated by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with limited resources, navigating and accessing the support available from government can be challenging. The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) is leading the work within Government, in partnership with private sector organisations who have an interest in the security space, to bring the best of the UK’s expertise to bear in support of exports. Case studies included in this document also show how typical UK SMEs have drawn on Government support to successfully win business overseas

The majority of companies in this sector are represented by UK-based trade associations such as ADS, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA), TechUK and others. The UK Government works closely with them all as well as with the overarching UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC).

The UK’s Products and Capabilities

  • Fire equipment including active fire protection (detection and alarm systems, sprinklers, mists and inert gas systems), passive fire protection (structural fire protection, fire stopping and fire doors) and fire and rescue (appliances, hoses, uniforms and breathing apparatus)

Security Buyer Profiles

  • Infrastructure: Drivers – The growth in terror threats is increasing the importance of secure buildings and working environments is an enormous growth sector for industry: globally, investment is forecast to reach £75 trillion by 2040. Security and fire products also have an important role to play in the development of ‘Smart Cities’, whose requirements will involve both new technologies and resilience to be baked into the urban landscape

How the UK Government Supports Exporters

  • A Coltraco Portalevel MAX for inspecting liquid levels in fire suppression systems

Read the full Security Export Strategy here.

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