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Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade

The International Trade Team has strong links with Department for International Trade (DIT), the Government department promoting British business overseas. It is able to offer an extensive range of products and services many of which are either free of charge or subsidised.

Please click on the following link to learn more about the services and support available:

Going Global


Many of you will already be working in international markets or working on your strategy to grow your business, but there is the potential to achieve more, both B2B and B2C. 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) together with Mazars Accountants, CoFace, the China-Britain Business Council and Barclays have arranged a high quality, interactive event to help you understand how your business can achieve sustainable growth through exporting.


10:00 – 12:00 Morning workshop
12:00 – 14:00 Networking and engagement lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Afternoon workshop

Please note that both the morning and afternoon sessions will cover the same topics, you will only need to register for one. All attendees are invited to the networking and luncheon taking place between workshops.

Date: 30 March 2017
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Milton Keynes Don Football Club
Cost: Free

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Take off 2017

Gatwick Airport has once again teamed up with DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign to bring you TAKE OFF 2017: Growing Your Business Abroad. 

The event will bring together a host of established exporters, government figures and support organisations to provide a mixture of practical advice and inspiration, covering the following topics:

  1. Brand Britain: Harnessing the UK’s reputation to grow your business
  2. Taking off: Overcoming the barriers to first-time exports
  3. Scaling up: Growing your export programme
  4. e-Commerce: Navigating technology to reach new markets
  5. USA: How to break into the market
  6. China: How to break into the market

The event is hosted by Michael Hayman MBE, co-founder of PR firm Seven Hills and co-author of Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through, delegates will enjoy a series of fast-paced speeches and interactive panel discussions as well as superb networking opportunities. 

Confirmed speakers currently include:

  1. Will King, Founder of King of Shaves
  2. Carrie Baters, Founder of the Little Coffee Bag Company
  3. Tamara Roberts, Chief Executive of Ridgeview Wine

Plus speakers from DIT, Gatwick Airport, Norweign Airlines, Funding Circle and Institute of Export will also be atttending. 

Date: 30 March 2017
Time: 8:30 - 14:00
Venue: The Hilton, Gatwick
Cost: Free

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Introduction to Export

Swale Borough Council invites you to a special ‘Introduction to Export’ event in collaboration with the DIT.

Discover the training and support that is available to help your business enter and develop overseas markets for your products and services.

Join us to:

  1. Demysitfy export documentation
  2. Find out how to price your products and services in different markets
  3. Hear from local companies about their export journey, their top tips and how exporting has helped their company grow 

You will also have the opportunity to speak to a range of experts. 

Date: 16 March 2017
Time: 9:00 - 13:30
Venue: Hempstead House Hotel & Spa, Kent
Cost: Free

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Business Opportunities in the North Amercian Market

Come along to this event to find out more about the practicalities of setting up business in North America and how you can de-risk your expansion into the USA.

Understand the help available from DIT before you take the plunge, and hear first-hand from AVITUS Group about their affordable business support and professional services to help you plan your entry to the US, establish your business and operate successfully.

Book your place today to find out more.

Date: 16 March 2017
Time: 08:30 - 12:30
Venue: BDO LLP, Reading
Cost: Free

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Export Essentials

Did you know that international trade is a great way to grow your business and make it more flexible, competitive and resilient? If you are considering exporting as the next great step for your company, Export Essentials is the perfect starting point.

Export Essential sessions will offer you an opportunity to learn about the key topics you need to consider when building a successful export strategy. 

There will be five different workshops throughout the week:

13 March 2017
Exporting Essentials Workshop

14 March 2017
Introduction to Market Selection & Research

15 March 2017
Introduction to Internation Exhibition

16 March 2017
Introduction to Routes to Market

17 March 2017
Introduction to Export Pricing

Dates: 13 - 17 March 2017
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Venue: etc.venue Victoria, London
Cost: £60 per session

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Other Events Happening:

Upcoming Events 

16 March 2017
Business Opportunities in North America

21 - 24 March 2017
The North Africa Petroleum Conference 2017

28 - 29 April 2017
Jazzhead! Matchmaking 2017

25 May 2017
Understanding International Trade Paperwork

11 July 2017 - AM
Inward Processing Relief

11 July 2017 - PM
Understanding Traffic Codes & Commodity Codes

10 October 2017
A Foundation Course on Importing

28 November 2017 - AM
Understanding Incoterm Rules 2010

28 November 2017 - PM
Understanding Export Controls and Licencing