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Chancellor uses trade trip to Brazil to hail further finance support to back British exporters

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Chancellor uses trade trip to Brazil to hail further finance support to back British exporters

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At the start of a three day trade trip to Brazil, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, announced the next stage in the government’s fundamental overhaul of finance for British exporters.

The Budget announced expansion of public-sector direct lending; today the Bank of England announced plans to support expansion of private sector lending for exporters. These measures will move the UK to the top of the global league for export support.

In a speech to business leaders in Rio de Janeiro, the Chancellor:

  • announced, following discussions with the Governor, a significant step to increase availability and cut the cost of private-sector lending for exporters, and welcomed the Bank of England giving finance guaranteed by UK Export Finance (UKEF) access to its Sterling Monetary Framework facility, to help make such lending less risky
  • confirmed a doubling in size of the UKEF direct publicly-financed lending facility for exporters to £3 billion and the cutting of its interest rates by a third
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