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Develop your exports in Emerging Europe

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The central and eastern Europe(CEE) region offers opportunities for all UK companies ranging from novice to experienced exporters

CEE is up made of 9 markets and over 100 million consumers located in central and eastern Europe.

The CEE markets are just 2 to 3 hours flying time from the UK. The majority are EU regulated and are lower risk then markets further from the UK.

UK exports to Emerging Europe were worth over £15 billion in 2012. This includes services exports valued at £4.1 billion.

What is CEE?

The CEE markets are at differing stages of development, but all offer long-term growth prospects for UK companies. The markets are:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Benefits of doing business in CEE

The markets offer UK companies a number of advantages including:

  • ease of developing business relationships as located close to UK with access via large number of budget airlines
  • ideal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on tight budgets
  • supply chain opportunities in support of strategically important industries
  • opportunities resulting from £150 billion EU funded infrastructure projects


There are opportunities across a range of sectors. These include:

  • energy (nuclear, shale gas, conventional and renewables)
  • infrastructure (railways, roads, ports and airports, water and urban regeneration)
  • healthcare, life sciences and science and technology
  • industry and engineering
  • services (financial, ICT and engineering)
  • retail
  • security and defence

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