UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) staff are experts in Helping Your Business Grow Internationally.
We provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas.
UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets. Whatever stage of development your business is at, we can give you the support that you need to prosper. Get in touch with a trade expert here
Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, we can help you crack foreign markets and get to grips quickly with overseas business practice.
There’s never been a better time to trade internationally. And whether you’re completely new to exporting, have some experience, or are looking to expand a well established range of global markets and services, there’s always more you can do to increase your bottom line
Why Should I Export?
Academic research confirms that exporting companies are more productive than non exporters, achieve stronger financial performance, and are more likely to stay in business. Read more on gaining the “export advantage” here
Exporting for Growth : The UKTI guide
UKTI has produced a guide to which encourages UK companies to consider exporting and tells them how to get started. Find out more about the guide and UKTI’s Exporting for Growth initiative here
You can also view case studies of companies who’ve met the export challenge with help from UKTI – how they succeeded and what advice they’d pass to others
I have some export experience. How can I build on this?
If you have some experience of exporting you may now be thinking about how to take things to the next level. You’ll need more strategic support which allows you to build lasting commercial relationships with clients and partners. Read our advice for experienced exporters here.
Whether you‘re new to exporting or an established exporter you should consider taking advantages of the growing opportunities to do business online. Read more here
Help for exporters from gov.uk
gov.ukhelps businesses succeed by providing access to clear and authoritative information. Find out more about the practicalities and legal requirements of exporting here, and access the starting to export guide here.
The UK Trade Tariff - the UK Trade Tariff is an easy-to-use online tool which gives you free, direct access to current trading information on taxes and levies, rebates, preferences, restrictions and other information supplied by HM Revenue & Customs on all imports to and exports from the European Union. Accessthe online UK Trade Tariff on the gov.uk website.
Help for exporters from UK Export Finance
UK Export Finance is the UK’s official export credit agency. It provides services such as:
- insuring UK exporters against non-payment by their overseas buyers;
- helping overseas buyers to purchase goods and/or services from UK exporters by
guaranteeing bank loans to finance those purchases;
- sharing credit risks with banks in order to assist exporters in the raising of tender and contract bonds, in accessing pre- and post-shipment working capital finance and in securing confirmations of letters of credit; and
- insuring UK investors in overseas markets against political risks.
The amount and terms of support available depends on the risk involved. Find out more about services and eligibility on the UK Export Finance website
Mentoring for exporters from mentorsme.co.uk
Mentorsme.co.uk is a gateway to a national network of over 10,000 experienced mentors from a wide variety of business backgrounds - offering both free and paid for mentoring. The Portal provides interested parties with a single, easy to use search engine to locate organisations that provide mentor services. The aim is to give users access to existing mentoring organisations and networks under one umbrella
ICAEW Business Advice Service
An understanding of the financial aspects of international trade is critical to a successful business looking to export. The ICAEW’s Business Advice Service offers a free, no obligation discussion with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
Export for Prosperity
Export for Prosperity is a source of information on international trade for UK exporters, covering topics such as finance, insurance, IT and logistics.