Liz Truss brings key industries closer to trade negotiations – GOV.UK

  • Department for International Trade (DIT) steps up engagement with British industry and farmers as UK trade negotiations intensify
  • Eleven new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, established to provide knowledge and experience
  • Insight and expertise of top business people being used to inform UK negotiating position and deliver deals that benefit the whole country

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has today (Wednesday 26 August) launched 11 new trade advisory groups (TAGs), as part of a major new business engagement drive designed to support the UK’s ambitious trade negotiations.

As trade talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand intensify, the Trade Secretary is stepping up engagement with key industries across Britain, including farming, manufacturing and automotive.

Their advice will be used to help inform the government’s negotiating position and deliver key industry asks that benefit the whole UK, including securing new market access on products like ceramics, cars, steel and beef, and agreeing cutting-edge digital trade rules.

The new groups are comprised of the best and brightest businesses people from all parts of Britain, from whisky distillers in Scotland to car manufacturers in the Midlands, as part of DIT’s efforts to ensure trade deals benefit all regions and devolved administrations.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss said:

This is about bringing business closer to the negotiating table and using their expertise to help secure the best possible deals that deliver jobs and growth across Britain. Talks with Japan, the US,