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.
November is Europe Trade Month.
This month of activity is all about doing business in Europe allowing businesses to:
- Discover new markets, trends and opportunities
- Access support for UK businesses trading with Europe
- Hear from European trade experts
Join DIT to discover the opportunities available to you and learn from the experiences, challenges and successes of businesses who have worked with DIT to grow their businesses in multiple markets.
Other sessions will include updates on different European markets, information on new trade agreements, practical advice from legal, banking and tax experts, and sector and region-specific opportunities for UK exporters.
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.
The fund can be used to support areas including but not limited to:
- Market Research
- 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 www.great.gov.uk.
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.
North West Export Academy
The Export Academy is a free programme of support for SMEs across the North West. It’s a comprehensive step-by-step programme ideal for anyone:
- New to exporting
- Exporting already but needing to upskill staff
- Exporting already but wanting to refresh knowledge, or fill gaps
The programme is made up of a series of ten core interactive, educational sessions with exclusive content based on feedback from our delegates and designed specifically to help small and micro businesses understand everything they need to know in order to sell internationally.
The main sessions will focus on:
- Understanding 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
- Creating an Export Action Plan
- Customs, VAT, and rules of origin
- Movement of money
There will be additional masterclasses led by industry experts focusing on topics such as social media, SEO and eCommerce. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from DIT Export Champions on their exporting experiences, and advice for success.
The Export Academy, from the Department for International Trade (DIT), gives small and micro-businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world with confidence. The programme is made up of a series of ten core interactive educational sessions with exclusive content based on feedback from our delegates and designed specifically to help small and micro businesses understand everything they need to know in order to sell internationally.
Get in Touch
To find out more contact Lesley Robinson at: Email: LesleyR@cumbriachamber.co.uk Tel: 0844 257 8450