With a global commercial reach that extends into over 100 countries, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government department that supports UK businesses export and grow into global markets. DIT international trade support and services are available to businesses of any size or level of export experience.
Locally the Department for International Trade team organise events, master-classes and clinics across the region and have a team of experienced International Trade Advisers providing free, impartial and confidential export advice and guidance. They will help you on your export journey and be able to signpost you to the most appropriate DIT services. Here in the East Midlands we have a team of 22 covering the North and South of the region, businesses are allocated the best adviser depending on their location.
There is also a team of specialist advisers with particular responsibility for a key sector. These cover Transport Equipment & Advanced Manufacturing; Construction & Environmental Technologies; Food & Drink; Biotechnology & Healthcare; High Performance Technology as sectors backed up by two “topic” specialists who lead on E-commerce and Market Research as fundamentals of exporting.
You’re right to ask, especially as international trade may be at the forefront of your mind given the EU Transition. Every company’s experience of exporting is different. But the good news is that, whatever your size, the rewards from selling your products and services overseas can be huge.
The benefits of selling internationally can include:
More customers – tapping into a global demand
Increased profitability – trading overseas can often drive higher profit margins
Faster growth – selling overseas could help your business grow at a faster rate
Innovation – working in more than one country can help drive new ideas
More resilient – spreading risk can help manage changes in demand or market conditions
Regardless of your need or location, contact your local DIT team today on 0345 222 0159 or email info@tradeEM.co.uk
For online support visit www.great.gov.uk where you can:
Find guidance for new, occasional and frequent exporters
Use the selling online overseas tool to find the best marketplaces to showcase your products online
Create a business profile, which will allow you to promote your products and services to international buyers and apply for overseas export opportunities for your products or services
Apply for a trade show access grant to attend an overseas event and discover country export guides to selling overseas
Search for events, trade fairs, missions and webinars relevant to your sector or overseas markets and see upcoming DIT international ministerial visits at www.events.great.gov.uk
The Export Academy
The Export Academy offers small and micro-businesses the chance to learn how to sell to customers around the world with confidence.
Structured around up to ten educational webinars, you will learn directly from experts in international trade and graduate from the programme with a completed export action plan, enabling you to take your business direct to international customers. This plan will be the culmination of everything you have learnt on the programme, from online events including; webinars, round tables and mentoring sessions.
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