Exporting - an overview

Helping your business grow internationally

UK Trade & Investment staff are experts in helping your business grow internationally, providing expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. With 2,400 staff and a presence in 96 countries, UK Trade & Investment can assist on every step of the exporting journey, giving you the support that you need to expand and prosper.

Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, UK Trade & Investment can help you crack foreign markets and quickly get to grips with overseas regulations and business practice.

Speak to your local expert

UK Trade & Investment's International Trade Teams are located in local offices all over the country. Every UK region has dedicated sector specialists, helping new and established exporters every day. UK Trade & Investment's local teams can provide support tailored to your company's particular needs and growth stage. You can contact UK Trade & Investment's regional and international teams on the UK Trade & Investment's website.

Find out about Passport to Export

UK Trade & Investment's Passport to Export programme offers new and inexperienced exporters free capability assessments, support in visiting markets, mentoring from a local professional, action plans, customised and subsidised training, and ongoing support once you've started to export. Find out about the Passport to Export programme on the UK Trade & Investment website.

Access UK Trade & Investment's market expertise

Each business and each market is unique. UK Trade & Investment's aim is to help you through research and advice, to make those initial approaches into new markets. It offers two key research and contact services, the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) and the Export Markets Research Scheme (EMRS). You can read information on OMIS on the UK Trade & Investment website. You can also find out about EMRS on the UK Trade & Investment website.

Additionally, the UK Trade & Investment website offers access to two market intelligence services for exporters. FCO country updates are assessments of business -relevant political and economic issues in key markets, and Overseas Security Information for Business (OSIB) provides declassified strategic information on business security related issues. You can access FCO country updates on the UK Trade & Investment website. You can also find out about OSIB on the UK Trade & Investment website.

Break down barriers

If you need help with the linguistic and cultural aspects of doing business overseas, the Export Communications Review (ECR), jointly run by UK Trade & Investment and the British Chambers of Commerce, offers companies a variety of options and advice, including cultural awareness reviews and communications planning. You can access the ECR on the UK Trade & Investment website.

Visit a market

Taking part in overseas events, trade fairs or missions is an effective way to test markets, attract customers, appoint agents or distributors and make sales. UK Trade & Investment helps arrange groups of UK companies to attend tradeshows and missions worldwide. Read about the Tradeshow Access Programme on the UK Trade & Investment website.

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