FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2014) –
Kentucky businesses can still sign up for Governor Steve Beshear’s Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI) trade
mission to the United Kingdom.
The deadline to register for the May 11-16 trade mission is now March 28. Numerous companies have already
signed up, and only a few openings remain.
“This is a great chance for local businesses to explore global opportunities,” said Gov. Beshear. “Delegates
will have the opportunity to showcase their products and establish deep connections within the European
The trade mission will focus on increasing commerce and building business relationships between Kentucky and
the United Kingdom. The KEI delegation will make stops in London and Manchester.
The visit will be KEI’s second trade and investment mission. Gov. Beshear led a delegation to Canada in June
The United Kingdom has the sixth-largest economy in the world, and with few trade barriers, it is a popular
entry market into the European Union. Kentucky exported more than $1.8 billion in products and services to
the United Kingdom last year, a more than 20 percent increase from 2012. Top exports include aerospace and
The trip follows another record export year for Kentucky in 2013. Exports of Kentucky-made products and
services in 2013 totalled a record $25.3 billion. Kentucky exports to 198 nations, and the United Kingdom
consistently comes in as the third largest destination for Kentucky products and services behind only Canada
Gov. Beshear created the KEI to bring together agencies and organizations to help facilitate international
trade opportunities for Kentucky businesses. The KEI partnership includes the Cabinet for Economic
Development and other government entities, business organizations and trade experts.
Companies interested in participating in the trade mission are encouraged to act quickly due to limited
spacing. For more information and to register, visit www.kyexports.com.
Some companies may be eligible for grant assistance for business and export development services through the
Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement’s (BEAM) Kentucky Export Promotion program. More information on
this program can be found at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/beam.
Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at
www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for
Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ThinkKentucky or follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ThinkKentucky. Watch the Cabinet’s
“This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging
new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2013 totaled more than $3.3
billion, spurring more than 14,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce
development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic
development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.