You’re right to ask, especially as international trade may be at the forefront of your mind given the recent decision for the UK to leave the European Union.
Every company’s experience of exporting is different. But the good news is that – whatever your size – the rewards from selling your products and services overseas can be huge.
The benefits of selling internationally can include:
- More customers – tapping into a global demand
- Increased profitability – trading overseas can often drive higher profit margins
- Faster growth – selling overseas could help your business grow at a faster rate
- Innovation – working in more than one country can help drive new ideas
- More resilient – spreading risk can help manage changes in demand or market conditions
About the Department for International Trade
With a global commercial reach that extends into over 100 countries, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government department that supports UK businesses in their internationalisation.
The region also sits within the Midlands Engine which is a Government initiative bringing together the West and East Midlands as an engine for growth for the UK economy. The Midlands Engine runs events and trade visits to enable businesses to export more goods and services and grow their overall productivity.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fya4GtK3SZU
The Shropshire Chamber of Commerce delivers DIT international trade support and services to local businesses from SMEs to larger corporates.
A team of four experienced International Trade Advisers, based at the Chamber provide free, impartial and confidential export advice, guidance, planning and signposting to the most appropriate DIT services to support your business in its international development.
Support for new exporters
To help you get started the Department of International Trade offers a variety of support for new exporters including various online resources all of which are free to use:
- Exporting is Great – Access online training, view country guides and explore export opportunities.
- Open to Export – Is an online forum and resource for exporters. First time exporters may be interested to draw up an export plan using, a free advice service for exporters.
- Online training – A new online tool for companies that want to learn the fundamentals about exporting delivered in short video modules on key topics.
To find out more about any of the above, or to talk to an International Trade Adviser about how they can help you get started, please contact the Growth Hub team on 0345 6000 727
The Department for International Trades calendar of events is updated regularly with both UK and overseas events as well as overseas missions.
To view the upcoming schedule please visit: https://events.great.gov.uk
International Trade Advisers
The team of International Trade Advisers are here to help you with everything you need for export success. With years of experience and an enviable track record they can help you assess your capabilities, identify potential markets and develop an export strategy aimed at successfully exploiting the global marketplace.
SME International Growth Project
If you’re looking to internationalise your business or want to expand your exporting horizons, help is at hand from the SME International Growth Project. This project is delivered by West Midlands Chamber of Commerce (WMCC) funded through ERDF. Ideal for West Midlands businesses, the project offers financial support to help you grow your export programmes and trade overseas.
For eligible businesses, grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to help you grow overseas.
For more information, please email [email protected] or call 0121 607 1770.
They can do it, you can too
The international trade team work with many companies in your region that helping them to meet their export potential. Why not have a read of the stories below to see how DIT helped:
“Getting the right advice is crucial if you want to grow your business internationally and tap into global markets. The DIT have opened up opportunities for us to expand our network through events and trade shows, which has been fundamental for our success in the Middle East.” – Serchem Ltd
“Working with DIT has given us direct access to business trade shows that we might not have otherwise been aware of and given us access to specialist contacts, which has been very important. We focus on quality, not quantity, and have to be realistic about what we can achieve but working with such a proactive team as DIT means we can embrace new markets.” – Bicycles by Design
Get in touch
To get in touch with your local team call 0345 6000 727 or email [email protected].