UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
UKTI is a Government organisation which works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets. Eligible companies may be able to access subsidised services in some instances. UKTI services include:
International Trade Advisors to help and guide your company in the development of export markets. Contact your local UKTI Advisor by calling 0845 052 4001 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or read thesummary of UKTI East Midlands services 2013/14 to find out about local support and funding.
Inward and outward trade missions, seminars and webinars .
Export Market Research Scheme provides independent advice, at no charge, on carrying out marketing research. Companies may also be eligible for a grant of up to 50% of the cost of conducting market research.
Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) to find out more about your target market, including specific company contacts.
Passport to Export is a programme that provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning and ongoing support they need to be successful in their chosen overseas market.
Export Market Communications Review Focusing on the language and cultural issues of trading overseas, a review can include setting up or revising a company website for the international market, marketing (including press releases, promotional materials, manuals and packaging), improving relationships with agents and distributors and preparation for overseas trade shows or presentations.
Tools for Trade Grant – eligible companies will be SMEs working with a UKTI Advisor on export – related projects including website updating/translating, e-commerce, overseas travel and attendance of exhibitions. For more details contact your UKTI Advisor, tel: 0845 052 4001.
Market information – Find out more about your target market in the country-by-country information section including UKTI contacts overseas, the ‘Doing Business in..’ guides to trading with specific countries and country-focused webinars – online seminars – on trading with specific overseas countries, delivered by UKTI staff overseas.
Full details of all UKTI services are provided on the website.
Open to Export, a joint venture between UKTI and hibu, Open to Export is an online community driven service for small and medium sized businesses looking for help and support in exporting from the UK.
Enterprise Europe Network Midlands (EEN)
EEN organise trade missions, provide market research and identify business opportunities via the Business Co-operation Database. EEN services are mainly free of charge and complimented by DNCC’s International Credit Checking Service for Members .
Call 0844 225 4088 for more details.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
HMRC offer a range of support for exporters. Companies new to trading overseas will find HMRC’s Guide to importing and exporting useful along with e-learning courses on exports and trading with other EU countries . All services are supported by the Customs helpline tel: 0300 200 3700.
HMRC information hosted on the www.gov.uk website covers a range of topics for importers and exporters including starting to import and export , VAT and other taxes, commodity codes, tax duties and licenses that apply to your goods , export agents , importing and exporting by post ,shipping goods and incoterms .
A range of webinars – online seminars – have been designed especially for those about to be involved in trading internationally. Register online for one hour sessions introducing International Trade, Inward Processing (IP), Outward Processing (OP), Customs Warehousing and Export Preference.
DNCC International Trade Team
Information and support for companies trading internationally. The Export Documentation service supports local businesses by issuing and certifying a range of documents to ensure the smooth transition of goods overseas.
Specialised training courses are available to support export documentation staff in companies as well as a full range of international trading activities. Search here for more details of forthcoming courses or ask for a customised inhouse course 0844 443 2150.
Export Britain showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers of Commerce and business groups both in the UK and around the world.
International Student Placement Office
ISPO is a cost effective means by which to further your international links, with the introduction of skilled international students who bring a wealth of cultural and linguistic awareness into your organisation. ISPO has been sourcing international students for many years now and has helped companies develop their international trade in such areas as marketing, sales, market research, communication, IT, engineering and many more and can source students for companies through links with over 250 continental education establishments.
For further information click here .
A range of financial support for new and experienced exporters can be accessed through UK Export finance and UK Trade and Investment. Details and links to further information are provided on our factsheet on funding to support international trade
- Place of supply of digital services and VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) guidance – HMRC
- Exporting Country Guides – information on more than 100 different countries for businesses interested in developing their overseas trade, doing business overseas or setting up in business overseas.
- Authorised Economic Operator e-learning package Union Custom Code (UCC) will become effective from May 2016 and will have an impact on all businesses that operate a customs authorisation. To help businesses to prepare, the EU Commission has launched a new Authorised Economic Operator e-learning package for anyone involved in AEO or considering making an application.
- Glossary of international trade terms – Find out the meaning of FOB, ATA Carnet and other international trade terms on the Market Access Database.
- Export checklist – before you start exporting and before you quote to supply goods, look at this checklist to ensure you get your approach right and include all costs in your pricing structure.
- Do I need an import licence? Guidance regarding importing various products from specific countries into the UK.
- UK Trade Data enables you to find statistics on international trade, to and from the UK. This data is collected from the EU-wide Intrastat survey and from Customs import and export entries, both administered by HMRC. A helpline and email address is available to help you find what you are looking for.
- The British Library Guide to sources of information for exporters includes sources of information on different countries, statistics for overseas trade, accessible databases of company information etc.
- For details of freight forwarders, and other organisations assisting international trade look at theChamber Members’ Directory
- Factsheet – D2N2 Guide to exporting
- Translation services – search for translation and interpretation services in the area
- China International Special Steel Industry Exhibition & Conference – CISSIE 2014 – Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Pavillion exhibition package offer September 18 – 21 2014