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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.

International Trade
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The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government department that helps UK companies grow their export sales. In the West Midlands there are DIT teams located in Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country all supporting local businesses export.

Meet the Team:

This team of experienced International Trade Advisers provides local businesses, of any size or export experience, with FREE of charge advice and access to a range of Government backed services.

Shernel Stevenson – International Trade Adviser

Shernel is an experienced International Trade Adviser who currently leads the Shropshire International Trade Team. She has over 10 years of experience working with a range of businesses to provide a tailor-made, professional export mentoring service.

Gail Jennings – International Trade Adviser

Gail Jennings is an International Trade Advisor based in Shropshire. She works across all sectors and has experience in a range of industry sectors including Food & Drink,  Health & Life Sciences, Defence and Security, Automotive and Retail.

Norman Rikunenko – International Trade Adviser

Norman has a background in electronics with over 30 years export experience. He has lived and worked in the Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa where he supported direct sales, as well as working with distributor networks, in sales and after sales support. The companies he worked for include, Cash Processing for Central Banks, Mints and Security companies and Satellite Communications for the Oil & Gas Industry, working with major contractors and government agencies.

David Caine – International Trade Adviser

David has over 15 years’ experience of working in the Food Industry, exporting to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, EU, Latin America, Cayman and the Caribbean Islands. Having recently joined the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, David looks forward to putting to good use his experience and knowledge by working with and supporting the Shropshire and Herefordshire local partners to help identify global opportunities.

Raj Theper – Export Academy Adviser

Raj is an Export Academy Adviser for Staffordshire and Shropshire. Raj has nearly 20 years of experience in delivering advice, guidance and coaching support to businesses across the UK working with hundreds of businesses across many different sectors to successfully develop and execute their growth strategies.

Services include:

  • local account management offering support and advice from an experienced adviser
  • access to the Export Academy, a free programme from DIT to help you start or grow your international sales
  • e-exporting advice offering guidance on navigating the global digital marketplace
  • specialist adviser support covering key sectors such as future mobility, food and drink, clean growth, digital and tech and advanced manufacturing
  • tradeshow access, providing grants to eligible businesses so they can attend overseas events
  • access to online training  
  • overseas market introductions
  • offering tailored research from our network of overseas experts
  • language and culture advice
  • access to a programme of free events, 1:1 meetings and meet the buyer sessions
  • access to 1000’s of live export opportunities


DIT offer a programme of free events including webinars, training masterclasses, 1:1 meeting opportunities, meet the buyer sessions, overseas trade visits and more.

Click here to view upcoming events and trade visits.

Master the art of exporting with our interactive tools

Visit the Department for International Trades online platform to discover more about exporting. From joining virtual training modules through to finding new markets for your business, you will find a range of interactive support to begin your export journey.

You can also use this site to check the latest COVID guidelines for exporter or perhaps to check the latest duties and customs procedures for exporting goods.

“Exporting can be a minefield, so it’s great to have somewhere to turn for good advice. We’ve reaped the benefits and are exporting to several European countries now.”  

Helen Graham, co-owner of The Ludlow Nut Company in Shropshire

Get in touch

To get in touch with your local team, please call 0345 222 0159 or email [email protected]

You can also follow DIT WM on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

The local office details for this region are:

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce,

Trevithick House

Stafford Park 4,

Telford TF3 3BA

T: 0345 222 0159

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