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Support through the Department of International Trade

The Department for International Trade supports businesses who are looking to start trading internationally. As part of this support, they run the UK Export Academy filled with a range of workshops led by experts designed to give businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world.

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 know that they want 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.

What will your business get from the UK Export Academy?

  • 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.
  • Sector faculties: Sector specific webinars, masterclasses and virtual missions. More experienced exporters can join sector faculties to provide your business with specific information to allow you to operate effectively in particular foreign markets or sectors.
  • Market access events: Learn about the benefits of new market opportunities, including the benefits of new free trade agreements.
    North West Spring 2022 Sessions

They are also running an in-person, full-day session in Kendal on Tuesday, 22nd March 2022 from 09:00 – 16:30.

To find out more, register your interest with Lesley Robinson, Business Support Manager, on

Opportunities in the Norwegian Energy Sector

The Department for International Trade (DIT) in the UK and Norway are delighted to invite businesses from across the Northern Powerhouse to participate in a free webinar to explore their opportunities in the Norwegian energy sector and find out more about the upcoming trade mission programme to Norway.

The Northern Powerhouse region and Norway have a long-standing relationship and excellent business relations with many instantly recognisable Norwegian companies that are operational in the region, such as Equinor, Aker, and DNV.

The Norwegian energy sector is going through change, which is opening possibilities and opportunities as it embraces other sources of energy, energy usage/storage and energy distribution. Norway had been synonymous with having significant hydropower capacity, however as demand is increasing, the need for energy transition gains momentum, Norway is now looking to offshore wind and hydrogen, in addition to energy storage with a focus upon transport, port infrastructure, data centres, and battery production etc.

Join this webinar to hear:

  • An overview of the Norwegian market, including the benefits and challenges of doing business in Norway
  • An update on the new UK – Norway Free Trade Agreement
  • The opportunities in Norway’s fast-growing and rapidly changing energy sector
  • A panel discussion with Northern Powerhouse businesses who are already succeeding in Norway
  • Hear from Norwegian companies talking about collaborative working

This webinar is a precursor to a Northern Powerhouse trade mission programme, which will include a virtual mission in March 2022 and a physical visit to Norway in Q2 2022 (subject to change and travel restrictions). The session will outline how your business can be part of the Norwegian energy transition in meeting its big ambitions for its energy future. More information on the mission programme will be made available during the webinar.

Again, to find out more, register your interest with Lesley Robinson, Business Support Manager, on