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Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. They also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Their services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world. They are delivered by:

  • over 1,200 staff outside the UK
  • around 500 staff in our London and Glasgow headquarters
  • around 400 staff based in the English regions

They are passionate about what they do. That’s why they constantly review our services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means they’ll vary from time to time.If you have a comment or complaint about their services, please let them know.

Export services for UK businesses

Every month they publish hundreds of new export opportunities from around the world. You can also search for events, trade fairs, missions and webinars.They provide access to a regional network of international trade specialists across the UK which:

  • help businesses acquire the skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or to break into new markets
  • work closely with our global network of DIT advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations
They also offer programmes for: They are developing a range of new products to help UK businesses export.The first of these, the Exporting is GREAT Knowledge Network is an artificial intelligence, peer to peer knowledge sharing and networking tool being developed in collaboration with partners Founders Forum, Smartup and Grip.

Financial help for exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) helps UK exporters:

  • win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers
  • fulfil orders by supporting working capital loans
  • get paid by insuring against buyer default
See the full range of services UKEF provides.

Other support for exporters

You can find sources of support for exporters from Exporting is GREAT.First time exporters may be interested to draw up an export plan using Open to Export, a free advice service for exporters.

Investment services for non-UK businesses

Read more about the help DIT can give to businesses considering setting-up in the UK Their global team of staff based in British Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates help overseas companies to locate or invest in the UK. This international network:

  • identifies market opportunities in the UK and Europe
  • provides advice on setting up in the UK (covering tax, employment, marketing, visas)
  • identifies ideal events and networking opportunities with British suppliers
They also provide specialist help for entrepreneurs, and ongoing support to help companies grow their business after setting up in the UK.

Other support for UK investors

They provide access to a network of local support for UK inward investors who can help companies set up in the UK.

Enquiries for overseas companies looking to set up in the UK

Contact form 
Telephone:+44 (0)207 000 9012
Overseas companies can contact the Investment Services Team for information about setting up in the UK including the help that is available.

International buyers of UK goods and services

We connect overseas businesses with the right UK partners and suppliers through meet-the-buyer events, networking receptions, and product launches.We also match UK businesses about partnership opportunities through our free matching service.


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