International markets offer huge opportunities for UK businesses.   Finding and developing new markets for products is a hugely valuable avenue for expansion.  Similarly, suppliers around the world offer a wide variety of goods that might suit your business.  Trading internationally is very complex but – as with most things – easier with help and appropriate training.

The Department of International Trade (DIT) support UK businesses to export and grow into overseas/global markets.  DIT is the international economic department, responsible for:

  • Bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
  • Delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
  • Promoting British trade and investment across the world
  • Building the global appetite for British goods and services

Through their network of overseas posts and UK-based trade advisers the DIT can provide support for UK businesses wishing to expand into overseas markets, including:

  • Information on the main forms of overseas investment
  • Reasons why UK businesses may consider expanding into overseas markets
  • Information on overseas investment opportunities for your products or services

DIT information and direct support

Business is GREAT Britain campaign

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign aims to inspire, educate and support UK businesses to expand/export, and for international businesses to see the UK is the best place to invest in.

The campaign aims inspire UK businesses to develop through learning, expansion and exporting and to showcase the best of the UK to international businesses looking to invest or set up their business in the UK.

You can find more support and information on the Business is GREAT website

Exiting the EU

The Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub has the latest news to help businesses to continue to grow as the UK exits the European Union.
Preparing for EU exit

EU Exit enquiries
The UK government has created guidance on how to prepare for EU Exit.  If you still have questions you can complete the EU Exit enquiry form.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

It is a non-departmental public body operating at arm's length from the Government as part of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation organisation.

If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to research and develop a process, product or service, test your innovation ideas and collaborate with other organisations.


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