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International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, today announced an agreement between UKEF and Atkins International, a world-leader in international project management and engineering projects, to grow its UK supply chain and boost UK exports. The announcement was made at the government’s first UK Trade and Export Finance Forum, at which our Director General Lesley Batchelor also spoke.

The partnership commits UKEF and Atkins to identify and promote opportunities for UK infrastructure and engineering suppliers on Atkins’ projects across more than 15 international markets, alongside UKEF-backed financing.

Dr Fox also announced UKEF support of more than £100 million for the construction of the fourth phase of the Dubai World Trade Centre by ASGC UK, building on UKEF support for the first three phases of the project.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, said:

“The UK’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing and highly-skilled construction is renowned the world over. This government, through UK Export Finance, is taking a proactive approach to bringing business to the UK, with wide-reaching benefits for both individual UK businesses and the UK export economy as a whole.


In UK Export Finance, the UK’s export community truly has a world-class export credit agency.”


The first UK Trade and Export Finance Forum

The event itself, the UK Trade and Export Finance Forum, was designed to boost understanding of export finance and support available from the UK’s export credit agency among the UK business community. It was attended by 400 representatives of UK and international business and finance.