Department for International Trade

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Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting British trade across the world, and ensuring that UK companies take advantage of the huge opportunities open to them.

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 the 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.

Exporting, what’s in it for me?

You’re right to ask, especially as international trade may be at the forefront of your mind given the recent decision for the UK to leave the European Union. 
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:

  1. More customers – tapping into a global demand
  2. Increased profitability – trading overseas can often drive higher profit margins 
  3. Faster growth – selling overseas could help your business grow at a faster rate
  4. Innovation – working in more than one country can help drive new ideas
  5. More resilient – spreading risk can help manage changes in demand or market conditions

Get in touch

Regardless of your need or location, contact your local DIT team today on 0345 222 0159 or email

For online support visit 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

Internationalising SMEs

The Internationalising SMEs (ISME) project aims to enhance the capability and capacity of SMEs to exploit opportunities in overseas markets by providing:

  • Market engagement and events activity to assist small and medium sized enterprises to enter, establish and expand in international markets;
  • Specialist advice to cover locally significant sectors, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Food & Drink Production, High Performance Technologies, Transport Equipment Manufacturing and Environmental Technologies & Construction.  The project also offers specialist market research advice to help SMEs target the right markets for their products/services;
  • Grant funding for SMEs, in order to address financial barriers to exporting.

The project is co-funded by the Department for International Trade and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is one of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

ERDF funding has been allocated to this project by the following Local Enterprise Partnerships:

  • Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP;
  • Greater Lincolnshire LEP;
  • Leicester & Leicestershire LEP;
  • South East Midlands LEP

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