Published: October 29th, 2020
A new programme to help give small businesses the skills, knowledge and confidence to export around the globe has been launched by the Department for International Trade (DIT).
The Export Academy has been launched to help businesses to grow their international sales regardless of their line of business, with help and support on offer from DIT experts.
The programme – which has been launched as the UK transitions out of the EU – is for owners and senior managers of SMEs with a turnover of up to £500,000 who are based in the Midlands, North and South West.
Under the scheme businesses will get:
• Access to a dedicated Export Academy Adviser, and an opportunity to network with other businesses that have global ambitions
• A tailored export action plan to take your business to international customers
• Access to local educational events, independent learning, networking and group mentoring
• Access to a series of educational webinars, led by experts from the Department for International Trade. Topics include e-commerce, pricing strategy, customs & tariffs, international marketing, the benefits of Free Trade Agreements, market research and export controls
• Access to other support from the Department for International Trade and its local trade offices, including the chance to apply for grants and funding
• Referrals to key partners, e.g. UK Export Finance or the Institute of Export, where more specialist support would help
A spokesman for DIT said: "Research from the Department for International Trade suggests that most businesses who could export feel that they don’t have a good level of knowledge about how to do so.
"The Export Academy aims to address this uncertainty about how to sell internationally through education and support, giving businesses the tools and confidence to seek out new opportunities around the world."
To join the academy register now at www.events.great.gov.uk/ExportAcademy