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Department for International Trade – DIT

DITDepartment for International Trade (DIT) staff provide expert international trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies who want to grow their business overseas.

We provide tailored support packages for companies who are:

  • first time exporters (FTEs)
  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • medium-sized businesses (MSBs)

We also provide other services, including digital and online support that can help all types of business.

For more information on exporting please follow the link here: Exporting.


Innovate UK / Enterprise Europe Network

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.

We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

Innovate UK  work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

Since 2007 we have invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding. We have helped more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy and create 35,000 extra new jobs.

The Enterprise Europe Network, described as the world’s biggest support network for SMEs, has been designed to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed in the European marketplace through technology transfer or by finding new customers, suppliers or commercial partners. The network is a consortium comprising 600 support organisations across more than 60+ countries, covering the EU and all global markets. Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, the services are tailored to meet individual business objectives and can include help to find new markets, source business partners and explore technology partnerships. It is also a great way to access finance and public tenders while receiving information on intellectual property, research and development.  Contact Enterprise Europe Network East of England to meet an adviser and discuss your business¹s current needs and aspirations by calling 0845 641 9955 (option 2) or email


Business is Great The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer. We welcome the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.


The UK’s dynamic economy and business-friendly environment make it a great place to locate and expand your business.

Get support to export and invest in the UK from Department of International Trade (DIT)