The companies that have implemented internationalization strategies are the ones that have fared better in the crisis. As Almudena Semur says, manager and coordinator of the Research Department of the Institute for Economic Studies (IEE), stated in El País’s article on September 27, “Exports and the internationalization of our companies have been the cornerstone to get over the crisis”.
One of the reasons for the success of internationalization is fluent communication between people from different countries having English as a lingua franca. As can be seen in the EPI studies carried out by Education First, from the year 2011 (First Edition) to 2014 (Fourth Edition) the average level of English of Spaniards increased 8 points, due to a clear social awareness of the necessity of English as a tool for daily life and also for day-to-day working life.
On the contrary we have lowered our level of English in this last year. The EPI 2015 study indicates that we have gone backwards 0.38 points and dropped 3 places in the ranking with respect to EPI 2014.
In general terms, and without belittling the most recent poor data reflected in the EPI 2015 study, the underlying trend of our level of English has grown, and in parallel, the exports and imports of internationalized companies. This union, plus the increase of investments and the fine work of our companies, has made, as mentioned in the Survey of International Trade in Services (SITS) Year 2014 conducted by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (SNSI), the United Kingdom has become the main destination for exports. And as you can see on the SNSI website, in 2015 this trend continued to increase.