A South African company is looking to purchase half a container load of Christmas cakes, puddings, stollen and a variety of biscuits for Christmas 2012.

According the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the tender deadline is 10/10/12 and interested companies should register their interest via the UKTI website. The site also lists other exporting opportunities for UK companies.

The UKTI said that for any business not yet exporting, going global should be their number one objective in 2012.

“Firms that export report a 34 per cent uplift in productivity; achieve stronger financial performance and are 12 per cent more likely to stay in business,” it said.

Nick Baird, chief executive officer of UKTI, the Government Department helping UK-based companies succeed in the global economy, added: “The value of UK exports and their importance in rebalancing our economy cannot be underestimated. Next year, as hosts of the Olympics, the UK has a unique opportunity to showcase our talented businesses to overseas investors.”