Department for International Trade


Department For International Trade

Specialist support to help you grow your sales overseas – free or subsidised.

With a wealth of export knowledge across the range of sectors and markets our experienced team of International Trade Advisers can provide practical advice and directly link your business into the range of Department for International Trade (DIT) and Exporting is Great services, funding sources and partner organisations that can offer support to businesses wanting to develop and grow their export business.

Whether you’re an experienced exporter looking to expand your activities and break into new markets or are thinking of exporting for the first time (even if you think this might be just a few orders through your website), contact us to link into this great range of support.

The team has a wealth of export knowledge and can directly link your business into all Department for International Trade services, funding sources and partner organisations that can offer support to develop and grow export activity.

Export Academy

The UK Export Academy from the Department for International Trade (DIT) gives businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world by learning from experts in international trade.

It has been designed to accommodate different levels of exporting experience, whether your business is interested in starting to sell internationally or looking to grow your international sales further. Foundation Course – Build your knowledge and confidence if you’re relatively new to selling internationally or interested in learning about how to start. You will leave the foundation course with an export action plan tailored to your business. Join any of our ten virtual core modules, or our in-person one day NW workshops.

The Export Academy is a free programme made up of 10, hour-long core interactive educational sessions with content based on feedback from delegates and designed specifically to help small and micro businesses understand everything they need to know in order to sell internationally.

Sessions include:

  • Understanding the benefits of, and barriers to, export
  • Steps to export
  • International Market Research
  • Pricing strategy and route to market
  • Customs, export controls, and trade deals
  • Selling services overseas,
  • International commercial (INCO) terms
  • Movement of money
  • Customs, VAT and Rules of Origins
  • Creating an Export Action Plan

Summer 2022 Workshops Export Academy Workshop

NW businesses are invited to join us for in-person, full-day events designed to cover everything you need to know to start exporting in the morning; while the afternoon is dedicated to discussion, and sharing ideas about benefits and barriers, as well as planning for the future. DIT Export Champions are also on-hand to share their insights, and inspirational stories.

Full-Day, in-person workshops:

  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester – Wednesday 22nd June @ 09:00-16:30h

Virtual Programme – Ten one-hour webinars

  • Mainly Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 13:00-14:00h from 26th April – 26th May and a further series from 7th June – 6th July

The UK Export Academy is open to any business in the UK who has a product or service that can be sold internationally. It is for businesses who want to know how to reach international customers and contracts in the future, as well as those who might already be selling beyond the UK and want to expand into new markets.


DIT are pleased to invite businesses in the North West to join us for masterclasses led by internationalisation specialist Norma Foster. Norma is a business leader with experience across both public and private sectors. She has particular expertise in economic regeneration and the development and implementation of creative programmes and projects embracing and embedding digital best practice.

A Step by Step Guide to Internationalise your Marketing and Website on Monday 13th June @ 10:00-12:00h

Developing your marketing and website for an international audience is vital to your export success – and can be a difficult process for busy exporters. This webinar will take you through 7
practical and productive steps using case study examples from successful exporters.

Using LinkedIn to win new international business Monday 16th May, and again on Monday 20th June @ 10:00-12:00h

Do you want to generate enough high-quality international leads on LinkedIn that convert more quickly? You may have a good LinkedIn profile, but are you getting the results you really want?
Do you understand how to leverage LinkedIn in international markets? LinkedIn is one of the most powerful online resources, which covers over 200 countries and regions and allows exporters to swiftly and effectively reach out to a global audience in over 24 languages. Effective for both B2B and B2C businesses, working smart on LinkedIn can bring significant results – competitive edge, brand awareness and swift global reach. It can also bring good short term results whilst you are internationalising your website.

Get in touch if you’d like anymore information.

Read some case studies from Cumbrian businesses and ‘Export Champions’ who’ve benefitted from DIT support:

The Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation Fund: North West
Grant funding available via new fund for eligible businesses in England.

What is the fund?
The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. The fund is designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade. SME’s can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).

To secure a grant, the business will need to fund a proportion of the costs itself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be up to 50% of the total cost.

Funding is subject to availability within your region, and will be prioritised for businesses who can demonstrate they have high export potential.

Eligible Activity
The fund can be used to support areas including but not limited to:

  • PR
  • Market Research
  • IPR
  • Translation / Cultural Advice
  • Social Media and SEO
  • Participation in trade shows
  • Market development
  • Routes to Market
  • Overseas Business Environment / Due Diligence

Export Support Service

What is the Export Support Service? The Export Support Service is a new helpline and online service where all UK businesses can get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. It gives access to cross government information and support all in one place.

Who can use the service? If you are a UK business you can use this free service, no matter the size of your business or which part of the UK you are based. We work closely with devolved administrations and other government departments to help make the service as useful as possible for every stage of your exporting journey.

How do I access the service? You can access the Export Support Service by visiting GOV.UK/ask-export-support-team or by calling 0300 303 8955. You will be put in touch with a member of our dedicated export support team.

Which markets does the service cover? The Export Support Service will initially focus on questions businesses have about trading with Europe but may expand to cover more global markets in the future. You can find support and information about exporting to countries outside of Europe at

What types of questions can I ask? The service provides information and guidance for queries about exporting any products or services to Europe and will help you navigate existing guidance on GOV.UK

Can I ask more than one question at a time? You can ask more than one question about exporting to Europe and will receive a tailored response. Response times will depend on the complexity of your query, but we aim to respond in a maximum of 10 days.

Department for International Trade have created this presentation to help explain about the Export Support Service.

Get in Touch

To find out more contact Lesley Robinson at: Email: Tel: 0844 257 8450

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